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Hi! This is Robert here, again. Just letting you know I got the RELCO (Japan) plate.

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Hi there,

You guessed correct, this piece is of no great value, but is a perfect time capsule of what "Made in Japan" giftware looked like in the 1950s. The highly burnished, almost brassy-looking gold enamel is so typical of the period. The shape is loosely based on an 18th century Dresden rococo plate with a pierced, basketweave rim and the central bouquet is a color decal (print) that's additionally heightened by hand painting to add a little extra depth of color.

RELCO Japan were an American import company that specialized in novelty wares, particularly figurines, mostly with a Christmas theme. They are best known today for their elegant, hand-painted head vases of fashionable beauties from the 1950s and early 1960s which have become quite collectible. If you had anything like this with a RELCO sticker it would be worth over $200.

Sadly your plate, not so much. Maybe $10 - $15 if you sold at auction or on line. Replacement/retail value: $20.

Hope this is helpful!
Best wishes,
Robert.

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