I was lucky to find this set of four antique metal 1905 cabinet plates at a local estate sale. Each plate is printed with a different colored border and center scene. Beautiful display pieces for a kitchen or dining room.
Decorative plates have been a part of residential interiors for centuries. During the early part of the 20th century, plates made of china, porcelain, and stoneware were costly and considered items for homes of the wealthiest families. As the working class began the "keeping up with the Jones' approach to living, lower quality, less expensive versions of porcelain decorative cabinets plates made of inexpensive metal were marketed to the masses. Today, these brightly colored lithograph plates have become very collectable.