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Plate Collection

From the vibrant plumage of the American Flamingo to the sleek lines of the Aston Martin DB5, a they are capture diverse wonders

Background imagePlate Collection: Advertisement for John Harrison, Eletro Plater and Gilder and manufacturer of Silver Nickel

Advertisement for John Harrison, Eletro Plater and Gilder and manufacturer of Silver Nickel and Plated Goods
From Patterns of Silver Nickel Silver and Sheffield Electroplate (Ref. No. 739.07 SSTQ)

Background imagePlate Collection: American Flamingo, by John James Audubon

American Flamingo, by John James Audubon
American Flamingo, Phoenicopterus Ruber, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background imagePlate Collection: JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972). John Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie. American baseball player

JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972). John Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie. American baseball player. As a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Background imagePlate Collection: aston martin db5 007 james bond

aston martin db5 007 james bond

Background imagePlate Collection: Louisiana Heron, by John James Audubon

Louisiana Heron, by John James Audubon
Louisiana Heron, Ardea Ludoviciana, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background imagePlate Collection: Police Officer London

Police Officer London
Police officer on duty in London with a George Vi helmet plate Metropolitan Police

Background imagePlate Collection: HMS Exeter arriving at Plymouth, Second World War, 1940

HMS Exeter arriving at Plymouth, Second World War, 1940
Photograph showing the arrival of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Exeter at Plymouth Docks, February 1940. Exeter was returning to Britain for the first time since taking part in the Battle of the River

Background imagePlate Collection: General Charles George Gordon, Aka Chinese Gordon And Gordon Pasha, 1833-1885. British General

General Charles George Gordon, Aka Chinese Gordon And Gordon Pasha, 1833-1885. British General. Photographed At Khartoum. From The Book Chinese Gordon By Archibald Forbes, Published In London 1886

Background imagePlate Collection: Man smashing cake on other mans face

Man smashing cake on other mans face

Background imagePlate Collection: Codex Troano - 1

Codex Troano - 1
Part of a Calendar used by Maya priests, depicting gods and symbolic creatures Plate xx

Background imagePlate Collection: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720 - 1778). Prisoners on a Projecting Platform

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720 - 1778). Prisoners on a Projecting Platform, 1761. From Carceri d Invenzione di G. Battista Piranesi, Archit[etto] Vene[ziano]. Etching on laid paper

Background imagePlate Collection: Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian

Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, engraved by J Mulder, from a visit to Suriname, South America

Background imagePlate Collection: Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One

Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One, 1915. Oval cast iron segmented body with handle and split pin. Marked on base plate with grenade number and maker?s name P B and Company

Background imagePlate Collection: Colour Blindness Test

Colour Blindness Test
Colour blindness test. Computer artwork of an Ishihara colour test card used to check for red- green colour blindness. The card is comprised of red and orange dots on a background of green dots

Background imagePlate Collection: El Floridita Bar, La Habana Vieja, Havana, La Habana Province, Cuba

El Floridita Bar, La Habana Vieja, Havana, La Habana Province, Cuba

Background imagePlate Collection: Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian

Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, engraved by P Sluyter, from a visit to Suriname, South America

Background imagePlate Collection: aston martin db5

aston martin db5

Background imagePlate Collection: Acme Moustache Guard

Acme Moustache Guard
The Acme Moustache Guard. Solid comfort while eating. No use for napkins - does not interfere with use of mouth. Made of gold or silver plate. Everyone should have one!

Background imagePlate Collection: Book of the Dead Plate 3

Book of the Dead Plate 3
The weighing of Anis conscience by Anubis : Thoth notes the result - Anemit waits to devour him if guilty (which he is not)

Background imagePlate Collection: Sutton Hoo treasure

Sutton Hoo treasure
A double-page spread relating to the Anglo-Saxon ship burial ground discovered at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. it was filled with many priceless treasures, a few of which are shown here

Background imagePlate Collection: The puffin, Icelands national bird, is a popular chinaware decoration, especially for tourists

The puffin, Icelands national bird, is a popular chinaware decoration, especially for tourists

Background imagePlate Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 304

Curtis British Entomology Plate 304
Lepidoptera: Paucalia woodiella = Euclemensia woodiella (Manchester Tinea) [Plant: Cephalanthera damosonium (Epipactis grandiflora L. or E. pallens Swartz, White Epipactis)] Date: 1824-39

Background imagePlate Collection: Famous food of New Orleans, beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans

Famous food of New Orleans, beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America, North America

Background imagePlate Collection: Nottinghamshire, UK. Melton Mowbray pork pie on handmade ceramic plate

Nottinghamshire, UK. Melton Mowbray pork pie on handmade ceramic plate

Background imagePlate Collection: Pioneer F Plaque Symbology

Pioneer F Plaque Symbology
The Pioneer F spacecraft, destined to be the first man made object to escape from the solar system into interstellar space, carries this pictorial plaque

Background imagePlate Collection: Wilmots Late Scarlet Strawberry

Wilmots Late Scarlet Strawberry. Coloured engraving from William Hooker, Pomona Londinensis: containing colored engravings of the most esteemed fruits cultivated in the British Gardens. Vol. I

Background imagePlate Collection: Gooseberry varieties

Gooseberry varieties. Illustration from George Brookshaw, Pomona Britannica. Plate IV. Date: 1817

Background imagePlate Collection: Continental drift maps

Continental drift maps
Reconstruction of the map of the world for three periods according to the Displacement Theory. Figs 1-2 from The Origin of Continents and Oceans (1924) by Alfred Wegener

Background imagePlate Collection: Silhouette of a local squire and his dog

Silhouette of a local squire and his dog
Silhouette of a local squire having a drink in his local pub, with his dog at his feet. An advertisement for Worthington beer

Background imagePlate Collection: Hogarth Rake Plate 2

Hogarth Rake Plate 2
The Rakes Progress 2. Hogarths Rake surrounded by flattering artists and professors

Background imagePlate Collection: Penicillin Culture / 1929

Penicillin Culture / 1929
Original culture plate on which Sir Alexander Fleming first observed the growth of penicillin notatum in 1929

Background imagePlate Collection: April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving)

April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving)
986032 April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving) by Casteels, Pieter (1684-1749) (after); 46.8x29 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: April, from Twelve Months of Flowers)

Background imagePlate Collection: Card commemorating Graf Spee destruction, WW2

Card commemorating Graf Spee destruction, WW2
Card commemorating the destruction of the German cruiser, Admiral Graf Spee, on 13 December 1939 by HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles following the Battle of the River Plate. Date: 1939

Background imagePlate Collection: Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis

Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis
Noises played for films: wonders of the cinema organ. Thunder, shots and tom-toms controlled by an organist: a film-theatre organ that creates sound effects. Date: 1929

Background imagePlate Collection: Women outdoors 1881

Women outdoors 1881
Two women in walking dresses at the seaside. 1881

Background imagePlate Collection: Advertisement for Mappin Brothers, Queens Works, corner of Pond Street / Bakers Hill

Advertisement for Mappin Brothers, Queens Works, corner of Pond Street / Bakers Hill
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: MP Folder 62

Background imagePlate Collection: Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imagePlate Collection: Picture No. 11675590

Picture No. 11675590
Macro Photograph. Date:

Background imagePlate Collection: Blue Jay, by John James Audubon

Blue Jay, by John James Audubon
Blue Jay, Corvus Cristatus, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background imagePlate Collection: Snowy Owl, by John James Audubon

Snowy Owl, by John James Audubon
Snowy Owl, Strix Nyctea, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background imagePlate Collection: Momos and milk tea, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Momos and milk tea, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Background imagePlate Collection: Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at home, 1960

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at home, 1960
Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1900 - 1974), pictured together with his wife, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901 - 2004) examining a particularly interesting large plate. Date: 1960

Background imagePlate Collection: Alchemy

Alchemy. Historical artwork by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) titled Melencolia I. It represents one of the four temperaments or humours

Background imagePlate Collection: Tea party

Tea party. Decorated cakes on a saucer surrounded by gerbera flowers

Background imagePlate Collection: Full English breakfast

Full English breakfast

Background imagePlate Collection: Hogarth Rake Plate 7

Hogarth Rake Plate 7
The Rakes Progress 7. Scene in the Fleet prison

Background imagePlate Collection: Owen Jones Egyptian 10

Owen Jones Egyptian 10
The ornaments in this plate are taken from Mummy-cases in the Louvre (1-5), from the Tomb at Thebes (6+7), from a Mummy-case (8+9) and from the ceilings of various tombs

Background imagePlate Collection: Methodist Book-Plate

Methodist Book-Plate
Wesleyan Sunday School prizewinners book-plate awarded to A W Harris of Littlehampton, Sussex, England. What did he do to deserve it?



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From the vibrant plumage of the American Flamingo to the sleek lines of the Aston Martin DB5, a they are capture diverse wonders. Just like Audubon's Louisiana Heron immortalized on a plate, it reminds us of nature's beauty. In times of war, like HMS Exeter arriving at Plymouth in 1940, a plate symbolizes resilience and unity. And who could forget Jackie Robinson's daring steal home under catcher Andy Seminick's tag? A legendary moment etched on history's plate. From London police officers keeping our streets safe to General Charles George Gordon photographed at Khartoum, plates commemorate heroes past and present. Whether it be delicate Hortensia flowers or ancient Mayan codices like Plate 113 from Codex Troano, plates preserve artistry and knowledge for generations to come. Even in medical examinations such as color blindness tests, plates play a crucial role in understanding human perception. So next time you sit down for a meal or admire fine china displayed on your wall, remember that beyond its function lies an intricate tapestry connecting cultures, stories, and memories.