Welcome, and thanks for looking! DESCRIPTION: RARE Lenox cobalt blue plate with a gold "Greek Key" pattern; Sterling Silver rim. Not sure if this is some type of serving plate or "charger" style, because we cannot locate the pattern. On the back is "1830/L374B" and "X" under that (see photos).We have consulted with the Lenox corporation about this piece, and it is possible that this may have been a custom-made piece. See comments below for everything we can find about this gorgeous plate (including what Lenox told us)! CONDITION: Overall excellent condition with some small orange-ish or "tarnish" areas on the gold area. See photos which show condition rather well. If you need more info or photos, please ask. DIMENSIONS: The "flat part" or base of the plate measures approx 6" diameter and approx 11 1/2" diameter outside rim-to-rim. We searched for any mention of this pattern, and finally contacted the Lenox corporation about it.
They have pretty much echoed what we have found. Our initial research determined that because it has the "green wreath" and Made in U. " on the back that it likely dates from between 1931 when they added "Made in U. And 1953 (when the wreath color changed to gold). The "L" before the "374B" might indicate a date in the early 1930s, given what the folks at Lenox told us: By way of background, the old Lenox, Incorporated, which produced the piece in question, went into bankruptcy in November 2008.
Many of the archives and research materials are no longer available to our customer service department. The Green Lenox Hallmark means the pattern was produced Between 1930 - 1953. Lenox designed and produced custom-ordered dinnerware from 1904 until 1950. Hundreds of patterns were produced with decoration including colored backgrounds, raised gold pastework, wide etched gold borders, and delicate hand painting, some patterns were unnamed.Customers used to be able to design their own patterns, from a catalog that they would choose the color of the china, the trim or any designs they saw in the book. Which could be the case of your pattern with the numbers on the bottom of your dinnerware. Although they have no names deciphering the combination of letters and numbers on the bottom can closely date these patterns. Lenox date-code system runs through the alphabet twice. A letter in combination with a number from 1 to 299 designates a pattern introduced in a year during the first alphabet series beginning in 1904 to 1925. A letter in combination with a number from 300 to 500 designates a pattern introduced in a year during the second alphabet series beginning in 1926 to 1950.
The letters I, N, Q, and U were not used in either alphabet series. This would make a wonderful gift for the Lenox collector (or a great addition to your own collection)!We have lots of great stuff to offer and will be adding items as time permits. LENOX STERLING SILVER RIM Plate COBALT BLUE Gold Greek Key 1830/L374B X" is in sale since Sunday, January 31, 2021. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Lenox". The seller is "jtbooks" and is located in Port Orange, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.