Bess Truman and Harry S. Truman, in 1951, selected this Classic example for their Official White House China. Depicted below is a beautiful 11.375" Service Plate, by Lenox, Inc., of Trenton, New Jersey. By an Executive Order of October 25, 1945, President Harry S Truman ordered up the final details of a standardized Presidential Seal design and directed same Seal to be used henceforth. By 1951, a new State Dining Room Service was determined to be needed, in part, to complement the total restoration during the period (1948-1952), of The White House, to include the State Dining Room.
STUNNING LENOX SERVICE PLATE (11.375") FROM THE TRUMAN ADDITON TO THE PERMANENT WHITE HOUSE COLLECTION
The principal design elements of the Elegant Truman China are a wide band soft green between Gold; and the outer rim has a Gold band etched with a cable or chain motif. The Presidential Seal is rendered in a prominent Gold 3-D like effect. This Presidential Seal was then placed on each piece of the total of 120 piece Place Settings of the Truman White House China. However, The Presidential Seal was prominently displayed in the exact center of the Truman Service Plate only. On all other Truman Official White House China pieces the Presidential Seal was placed in an imposing but less prominent place on the remaining 120 pieces of Truman White House China.
A CLOSE-UP OF THE DRAMATIC 3-D EFFECT PRESIDENTIAL SEAL FROM THE CENTER OF THE SERVICE PLATE OF HARRY S TRUMAN
VERSO MARKINGS OF THE HARRY S TRUMAN WHITE HOUSE CHINA X307 DENOTES SERVICE PLATE
Without a doubt The President and Mrs. Truman had selected a Stunning example that is not only a source of pride of todays White House China Collection; but it is also coveted by advanced Collectors of White House China. It remains one of the more difficult Presidential China examples to locate, in private hands, 60 years after it first arrived in The Executive Mansion.
THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. TRUMAN ON A WORKING VACATION IN INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI
The White House China - An Elegant Service Plate of President Harry S. Truman, illustrated above, is a Premier piece and is currently in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. The Amyx Collection would, as of this date. rank in the Top Two Official White House China Collections, in private hands, when the scope and the total pieces are carefully scrutinized.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - FOLLOWING RESEARCH AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - 2010