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Arms of Massachusetts

Pattern Category: Heraldic and Commemorative

Series: Arms of the States

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Length: 10.375 inches

Considered Rare


This platter shows the Massachusetts state seal adopted in 1780.  The state motto, Ense petit placidum sub libertate quietam, or By the sword we seek peace (but only) under liberty  - is attributed to the 17th century English patriot Algernon Sydney, whose writings, it is thought, influenced the earliest American patriots.