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ID number:  BIRRC-H0010
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Plate
Object type:  Ceramic
Date made:  c. 1909
Materials:  Glazed ceramic
Measurements:  21.5

Circular ceramic plate with perforated edging. Part of the edging is chipped. A black and white drawing of the University of Birminghm campus (Aston Webb Building, Clock Tower) in the centre of the plate. 'Birmingham University' is written in black underneath the drawing.

Notes:  The plate is one of many commemorative items produced for the official opening of the University of Birmingham in 1909. Ribbon plates were popularised as a result of the introduction of Bank Holidays in 1880 and were a typical pictorial souvenir from seaside resorts. Plates bought on these occasions would either be ribbon or lace plates with a painted image in the centre and either pierced for the threading of ribbon or pierced in an intricate pattern to imitate an edging of lace. It would originally have had a ribbon woven into the inner circle of holes and tied in a bow at the top.

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