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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Feb. 21st- 27th 2010

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THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1940 - 9 5/8" diameter

  PORCELAIN DINNER PLATE

 from the

HEISMAN TROPHY 

AWARD DINNER 

Held at Downtown Athletic Club N.Y.C.

Commercial grade restaurant ware by Shenango

 

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I got this plate August 2009 at the Medina Antique Mall in Medina Ohio, which is about a half hour from Cleveland. I don't recall ever seeing another example. Based on it being made by Shenango, which would make it commercial restaurant grade, and that I've not seen another, it's almost certain it came from the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. The Downtown Athletic Club hosted all the Heisman dinners up until 2001. I posted it as c1940, but that is only an approximation based on the weight, design, and amount of wear. It doesn't come thru in the photos, but when light reflects off it in a certain angle I can see quite a few  knife cut marks from use. That's an interesting aspect since  those cut marks would likely be from use at the actual dinners before the Heisman was awarded. 

 

Modern restaurant ware isn't as thick as the old stuff. Basically the older it is the thicker. It's a judgment call but I feel it's 1940. I doubt later than 1960 though.  It's old school design and color is awesome. The navy blue against the white, with a simple blue line around the edge looks very orderly. I can just imagine all the tables at the banquet. I'm sure all the plates would have been set with the Heisman perfectly at 12 o'clock. To have one of these is a very rare and special find.

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