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Arms of Pennsylvania

Pattern Category: Heraldic and Commemorative

Series: Arms of the States

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Length: 21 inches

Considered Rare


The pattern on this platter,  its only known form, is the  rarest in this series, and perhaps the  rarest of all historical Staffordshire pieces.  Only a few platters are known to exist, mostly in museums.  The seal of Pennsylvania, adopted in 1809, originated in the seal of the city of Philadelphia dating from 1701.   The city seal had four sections: one of clasped hands, one of scales, the third a sheaf of wheat, and the fourth, a vessel on the sea.  The wheat and the ship were retained and a plow added to represent the three industries of the state.