Manufacturer: Mayer China
User: U.S. Naval Academy
Pattern name: Malone
Date: Estimated circa 1950s
Notes: From the Wikipedia, "The United States Naval Academy (USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a federal service academy adjacent to Annapolis, Maryland. Established on 10 October 1845, under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, it is the second oldest of the five U.S. service academies, and educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.
"The 338-acre campus is located on the former grounds of Fort Severn at the confluence of the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay in Anne Arundel County, 33 miles east of Washington, D.C. and 26 miles southeast of Baltimore. The entire campus (known to insiders as "the Yard") is a National Historic Landmark and home to many historic sites, buildings, and monuments. It replaced Philadelphia Naval Asylum, in Philadelphia, that served as the first United States Naval Academy from 1838 to 1845 when the Naval Academy formed in Annapolis."
From U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command: "The coat of arms, or seal, of the United States Naval Academy. It consists of a hand grasping a trident, a shield bearing an ancient galley ship coming into action, an open book (representing education), and a banner with the motto "Ex scientia tridens," meaning "From knowledge, seapower." Designed by Park Benjamin, Naval Academy Class of 1867, the seal was adopted by the Navy Department on 25 January 1899 (USNA)."
The chain border of the Malone pattern is on the plate's rim in black, and the Naval Academy's seal is in the well of the plate, also in black.
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Malone pattern by Mayer