DDO 50th Anniversary Plate

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.218 (DAA-0067)

Description:

This is a medium sized plate, white, with two lines of gold around the rim. In the centre of the plate there is a line drawing image of the David Dunlap Observatory telescope dome building. Around this image, it says, “David Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, Ont. 50th Anniversary, 1985.”

Alternative Name:

David Dunlap Observatory Commemorative Plate

Primary Materials: China, Metal: Gold

Markings:

Stamped on the rear of the plate:
“UNICORN TABLEWARE
EST.1835
MADE IN ENGLAND
A”

“MADE IN ENGLAND
DECORATED IN CANADA
CREEMORE CHINA & GLASS
CREEMORE, ONT.”

Dimensions (cm): Diameter = 22.5, Height = 2.3

Function:

This commemorative plate was produced for the David Dunlap Observatory’s 50th Anniversary in 1950. It was likely subsequently used as part of the tea/food service items that the Observatory had.

Condition:

Excellent: The plate is very dirty, but is otherwise in good condition. The gold rim is worn in places.

Manufacturer:

Plate: Unicorn Tableware; Decoration: Creemore China & Glass

Date of Manufacture: 1984-1985

Provenance:

This commemorative plate was produced for the David Dunlap Observatory’s 50th Anniversary in 1985. It may have been used alongside the tea sets.

Until 2009, when the Observatory was sold, the plate was kept at the Observatory. Then, it was moved to storage at the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto’s St George campus. In 2017, the plate was moved to a new location in the McLennan Physics building.