Eps 14 Collector Plates Offer Intriguing Details


The featured image is a collection of Havre de Grace souvenir plates highlighting the Concord Point Lighthouse.

Collector Plates – not dinner plates

Yes, we’re talking about those plates you see in a curio cabinet or hanging on a wall. At first glance, those plates your mom collected may seem pretty irrelevant. But if you like local history, you just might find a few details to add to your research.

While we talking about ‘details,’ if you know of any history of the Olde Virginia Jar Company, please let us know. We’ve done a number of searches for its history, but found very little info.


collector plates - 1930s-1940s / Waterfront Havre de Grace, Washington St Havre de Grace and double-decker bridge in Havre de Grace
collector plates include waterfront schene, double-decker bridge,
and street scene (Washington St) – all of Havre de Grace

These plates George thinks, were bank giveaways. If, for instance, you opened an account with a large deposit, you might get one of these. The backs of the plates have details about the images.

Collector Plate created locally

octagon shaped collector plate featuring the Concord Point Lighthouse (1973) from the Riverside Ceramic Company, 723 N. Adams St, HdG - run by Ruth Babec
Souvenir plate of historic Havre de Grace featuring the Concord Point Lighthouse 1829-1973

While preparing to create this video, we noticed the little sticker on the back: created by Riverside Ceramic Co, HdG – Ruth Babec. The address came from a telephone directory listing: 723 N. Adams Street.

Business Giveway Collector Plates

Calendar plates as business giveaway plates have been very popular over the years. We have several including a couple from J. Swann Everist (who once operated Mammoth Store) and J. H. Fahey who had a hotel.

Calendar collector plate from J. Swann Everist, Mammoth Store, Havre de Grace
1909 Calendar Collector Plate compliments of J. Swann Everist (Mammoth Store)
1910 J. Swann Everist calendar collector plate
1910 Calendar Collector Plate from J. Swann Everist of Havre de Grace
calendar collector plate from J. H. Fahey of Havre de Grace
Calendar collector plate compliments of J. H. Fahey of Havre de Grace

Pitcock Hardware Collector Plates

Of course, Bahoukas Antiques is in the old Pitcock Hardware Store. So this plate, given to him by Liz Mentzer, is a very special part of his collection

Collector Plate compliments of Pitcocks Hardware in Havre de Grace
Simple, elegant, Collector Plate compliments of Pitcock Bros of Havre de Grace, MD

You probably know or have guessed by now, that George LOVES a good yard sale. It’s just such a place that a man heard he was looking for Havre de Grace items and especially anything related to Pitcocks Hardware. This inquiry led to a wonderful Collector Plate:

Pheasant painting on a Collector Plate compliments of Pitcock Bros of Havre de Grace
Beautiful pheasant painting on a Collector Plate compliments of Pitcock Bros of Havre de Grace, MD
back imprint on back of collector plate compliments of Pitcock Bros of Havre de Grace
Back of the pheasant plate compliments of Pitcock Bros of Havre de Grace

As you can see, history and business details can be discovered by researching collector plates. Of course, if you have anything you’d like to share with George, stop in or give him call.

Yes, our ‘casual historian’ is always waiting for your stories and any memorabilia you may want to share.

Remember, don’t throw the Havre de Grace ‘stuff’ out when you’re cleaning out a home, settling an estate, or just ‘downsizing,’ without checking in with George. Don’t give him cause to cry!!!

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