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Gallery - 2017 Discoveries
This page illustrates a handful of some of the more significant discoveries of
2017. For other significant finds of recent years, please visit the following:
JANUARY, 2017 - 1911 SCHENECTADY, NY JUNK DEALER
The seemingly endless variety of porcelains issued by Schenectady to license
various classes of vehicles between about 1906 and 1936 just keeps growing.
Last year the first Garbage version showed up and now the first Junk Dealer.
Altogether, there are now 8 different classes of porcelains from the city.
JANUARY, 2017 - 1913-14 FERNANDINA, FL DRAY
Dug up in the town of Fernandina by a bottle digger, this striking red plate is not
only unique, not only single-digit, not only the earliest porcelain known from
Fernandina, but is also the only Dray plate known for any year from the city. It
becomes the sixth surviving porcelain example from Fernandina.
MARCH, 2017 - 1910 MAYFIELD, KY
Selling at auction in Indiana, this incredible plate becomes the first plate from a
previously unknown Kentucky city to surface since 2012 when a Ludlow porcelain
showed up. Mayfield now joins the list of 8 different jurisdictions from the state
that are known to have issued porcelain license plates.
APRIL, 2017 - 1912 FALL RIVER, MA MILK LICENSE
The seemingly innocuous little plate is fascinating because it was the last
remaining unknown year from this long run of milk licenses that stretched from
1911 through 1929. Recent evidence has come to light strongly suggesting that
they hail from the city of Fall River in Massachusetts.
APRIL, 2017 - 1913 HAMILTON COUNTY, FL
The second major Florida discovery of 2017 this previously unknown Hamilton
1913 pre-dates the known run of porcelains from Hamilton by one year. It's also a
very distinct and unusual style for Florida porcelains. The plate was in the hands
of a non-collector who found it while tearing down a barn 30 years ago.
JULY, 2017 - 1912 ALEXANDRIA, LA
In 2005, the earliest known Alexandria porcelains dated to 1913. However, that
year an antique dealer turned up the first known 1911. That meant a 1912 must be
out there somewhere. Now, 12 years later, one has finally surfaced. It becomes
the eighth known year for Alexandria porcelains. 1914 & 1919 remain unknown.
AUGUST, 2017 - 1913 STIGLER, OK
This amazing and unique plate turned up at a western Arkansas estate auction.
The family had moved there from Stigler in early 1900s and kept the plate as a
memento. It was purchased by a couple who ran an antique store in the town of
Stigler and who proudly displayed it on the back wall of their shop.
OCTOBER, 2017 - 1937-38 & 1938-39 PROVIDENCE, RI LICENSED TRUCKING
Thes two plates showed up on the wall of an old barn full of plates in Cranston,
RI. The city of Providence issued these Trucking licenses for about 20 years
starting in the early 1920s. Most years had been recorded, but both of these
plates were previously unknown examples.
OCTOBER, 2017 - UNDATED STATE PARK CARRIAGE LICENSE
This unusual plate showed up on EBAY and baffled collectors as to its origin. It
appears to have been used to license some sort of vehicle operating within some
unidentified state park. The spelling of the word "licence" is quite unusual and
suggest the possibility that this might not be from the U.S.
NOVEMBER, 2017 - 1908 UNIDENTIFIED CITY LICENSE
The small plate was dug up in Pennsylvania and becomes the second known
example of this run of plates from an unidentified jurisdiction. It is unclear just
what they were used for or how long they were issued. Some have speculated
that they might be Philadelphia issues, but there is no evidence to support this.