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Antique Cornell College Chapel Plate Mount Vernon, Iowa Souvenir

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This 6 1/4-inch diameter (16 cm) plate features that chapel at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. It might have been sold separately as a souvenir, or might have been a bread plate from a dinnerware set used in a dining facility or sold to faculty or alumni. The back is marked Dresden China. This is likely the mark of the Dresden Hotel China company of East Liverpool, Ohio. The company operated from 1882 to 1925. This particular example probably dates to around 1910.

According to Wikipedia, "Cornell College is a private liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Originally called the Iowa Conference Seminary, the school was founded in 1853 by Reverend Samuel M. Fellows. Four years later, in 1857, the name was changed to Cornell College, in honor of iron tycoon William Wesley Cornell, who was a distant relative of Ezra Cornell (founder of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York). Cornell College was recently ranked by Forbes as one of the top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges in the US."

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