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A pleasant surprise yesterday as a local resident appeared at the Museum wishing to donate some items to our collection. These instances are almost like being a kid again, coming down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa has brought you. The items are usually wrapped up, in a bag or covered in newspaper.....what treasures lie beneath?
In this case it was a small collection of Connecticut related decorative plates. The highlight for me was this one, which initially had me a bit confused. The plate features an image of the Charter Oak, with a date of 1847. 1847? The tree fell down in 1856.....hmm. Well after a bit of research its story became clear.
This plate was most likely used in the Connecticut Room restaurant at the G. Fox & Company Department Store here in Hartford. G. Fox was founded by Gerson Fox in 1847 and grew to be a one of the most famous and popular stores in all of New England. The Connecticut Room restaurant, which opened in 1939, was one of the THE places to have lunch or a cup of tea while in Hartford for many years thereafter.
The restaurant used tableware that featured a variety of scenes from Connecticut and similar murals adorned the restaurants walls. Today plates like this are prized by collectors and a welcome addition to our collection here at the museum. Wait a second....just got a call that someone else is here now and wants to donate something....wonder what it will be?