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Tygart Dam

Tygart Dam
Rare, multicolored decal sold on eBay in April 2015.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Flesher.

Carr China Lavender Dam Plate
Lavender, a real hard-to-find color

Tygart Dam Compote

Tygart Dam Compote

Tygart Dam Compote

Tygart Dam


Rose on white


Closeup showing the initials of the plate's designer, George W. Staton. It is said that Staton
embedded his initials in the bottom flourish on the backstamps of the dam plate, Mother's Day plate and Philippi Bridge plate, risking the ire of his Carr employers had they seen the additions..
(Rose dam plate photos courtesy of Helen Cutshaw)

Tygart Dam
Blue on tan

Tygart Dam
Black on white

Tygart Dam
Green on white

Tygart Dam
Blue on white

 


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A series of plates, ashtrays and compotes was commissioned in honor of the 1936 dedication of the Tygart River Reservoir Dam in Grafton, W.V. These plates were available at the dedication.

The dam is located about a mile upstream from the pottery's location, and it prevented flooding at the pottery. The reservoir is a popular boating, camping and recreation area.

The decals were fired on both white and tan bodies and the designs came in black, blue (light and teal), green (two shades), red and rose, light purple, and multicolor. Given the creativity that the plant put into the ware, this may well be a partial list of decorations.

Compotes are much harder to find than plates, and the plate with red ruffled border (shown below the compote photos) is one of the more unusual pieces.

The plate below it with plain dark red line is unusual in that it is heavy, restaurant ware weight - photo contributed by ebay seller nightsayni.)

We think the prize for rarest plate must go to the one at the top of the page that shows a multicolored decal. It's beautiful and sold for $673.

In looking at the backstamp for the plate, the monogram GWS is apparent at the bottom of the design. The initials stand for George William Staton, a Carr designer and engraver. See also the plates for the Phillipi Covered Bridge and Andrews Methodist Church, the home of Mother's Day.

 

 


 

 

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