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Monday, February 18, 2013

MZ Austria Plates…

Like many of you, Estate Sales catch our eye as we drive down the road and if our family isn’t in the car with us ~ the tires squeal below us not to miss the turn!  I was so excited that I stopped at this side of the road estate sale as coming upon these two plates, made me so giddy!  I have shared with you before that I collect vintage plates and use them for barbeques and festive get together.  I love the mix and match floral pieces that I can share with my guests.
These I presume are luncheon plates, which are different from the ones I currently have on hand. They measure 8 1/2 inches with beautiful petite flowers with a green and white ivy lining the rim.  The gold trim is faded in some areas which I find adorable. There are no chips or visible scratches.  But you know what my favorite part about these plates is…? the sweet flower in the very center!  
IMG_1176IMG_1175On the bottom of both plates there is a marking that shows “MZ Austria” – I looked on line and found that MZ Austria is the wording on a mark used by Moritz Zdekauer on porcelain s made at his works in Altrolau Austria from 1884-1909. Zdekauer’s company exported pieces to American and Dutch colonies before it was bought by another company.  The markings were then changed to MZ Altrolau in 1909 when the firm was purchased by CM Hutschenreuther.  The firm operated under the name Altrolau Porcelain Factories from 1909 – 1945 and was nationalized after World War 11.  Because I know that these plates were made before 1909 and the scalloped edging seems to be more rare at that point in history, I presume I found something pretty great! 
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8 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

My favorite china - one I have the most full set of for 12 - is this pattern very nearly - instead of the looping florals they're swags, but otherwise VERY close to them.

LOVE your treasured find, yay, whoo hoo congrats! It's very p retty!

Bernideen said...

I have found and collected quite a few Austrian pieces. And your are lovely!

michele said...

it really is beautiful. i'm even charmed by the maker's mark!

happy monday to you.

michele

Sandi said...

These are so pretty Tracie! I too have a weakness for pretty plates, but I have sold a lot of them off over the years. {after I enjoyed them for quite some time} Gorgeous find!!
Blessings~

Sylvia said...

I too love pretty plates and yours is really pretty.

Heather - New House New Home said...

What a great find! It's so fun to find these treasures. And don't you just love the internet for helping us find information about them!

The Porcelain Rose said...

Tracie,
Hello! sweetie!!
What a wonderful find!!
Gorgeous! I love the roses and swags.
I have a similar set that I found at the flea market for $100. 12 settings plus several serving pieces (a few are chipped but I still have 10 good place settings).
Wish we lived closer. What fun we could have together hitting the flea markets, tag and estate sales.
Can't wait for spring! so I can participate in your Cottage Garden Party!
Luv, Luv,
Elizabeth

Cynthia said...

These are just beautiful, I love the colors and the pattern. Great find.

Cynthia