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Crown Imperial Czecho-Slovakia
Lovely Oval Relish Dish
Beautiful Vintage China
This vintage Czechoslovakian china dish has a creamy ivory background with a floral basket center decoration. This floral motif continues around the inside edge.
The glaze has a lovely soft sheen, and the delicate florals of the pattern are bright and unworn. Gold decorates the rim and handles, lightly around the rim and heavier on the handles.
The shallow oval dish has subtle facets inside rather than being entirely rounded, which provides an elegant shape.
The underside of this lovely translucent china dish has three separate identification markings:
Close to the center is a maker mark with a brown or maroon laurel wreath, inside of which are embellished initials that appear to be T C or T H or something similar. Rounded inside the laurel wreath above the initials is printed "Crown-Imperial "and below the initials is "Czecho-Slovakia."
About an inch away, a green "V" is stamped.
About ¾ inches away from this is impressed a pattern of 4 very small vertical lines with two small horizontal lines immediately beneath. This identification mark has no color.
The gold trim has only the most minor wear. With inspection under bright light I found a one-inch craze mark, but it does not affect the floral decorations or colors and is hard to see. Under bright light I also can see two small, shallow, smooth impressions in the glaze that occurred during manufacture; these impressions do not break the surface of the glaze. To my eye, these do not affect the overall lovely presentation of the piece.