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Nova Scotia Archive
TOTAL KNOWN PORCELAIN VARIETIES: 3
I: PRE-PROVINCIALS / CITY & COUNTY PLATES
Nova Scotia is the only Canadian province from which porcelain plates are known
to exist, but which never formally issued any plates of its own. Nova Scotia
actually has a rich history of pre-provincial plates as vehicle owners prior to 1918
were required to provide plates of their own. There were nearly 7000
registrations in the years before the 1918 first provincial issue, so many plates
have survived. These are virtually all black on white and are always undated.
Nova Scotia pre-provincial plates come in flat painted metal, cardboard, and
leather. However, periodically a vehicle owner went to the trouble of having a
fancier porcelain plate made up to use. I am aware of three surviving examples.
The first variety is a simple black on white plate with a stacked "NS" at right with
long thin slots at top for leather straps.
Another variety has more ornate numbers as well as a distinctive dash between
the "N" and the "S" in the provincial abbreviation.
The third known version of Nova Scotia porcelain is much like the others, except
that it was manufactured on a larger base and featured the addition of four corner
holes to go along with the slots.
II: PROVINCIALLY-ISSUED PASSENGER PLATES
III: PROVINCIALLY-ISSUED NON-PASSENGER PLATES
||4" x 8"