is a beautiful, historic, vintage (circa 1941) decorative collector's plate
Kilns California Pottery.
This plate depicts a variety of horrifying scenes from the attack on Pearl Harbor: U.S. battleships (including the U.S.S. Arizona) ablaze and sinking, Japanese Kamikaze dive bombers attacking, sailors jumping into the water and swimming, and a proudly defiant sailor shaking his fist at the attackers (please see photos below).
This plate is pictured on p. 95 of Maxine Feeck Nelson's Collectible Vernon Kilns, Second Edition (2004).
The back of the
is inscribed under glaze with the wording:
About Vernon Kilns. Vernon
Kilns made collectors plates for hundreds of cities and states in the
United States, some organizations and institutions, and some for foreign cities and countries. Vernon Kilns closed its doors permanently in the early 1950s.
Bill Stern (2001), Vernon Kilns was one
well known "Big Five"
of the Southern California Pottery group (p. 42, California
Pottery: From Missions to Modernism). Please see Maxine Feek Nelson's Collectible Vernon Kilns: Identification and Value Guide for more information about Vernon Kilns California Pottery.
Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, was treacherously attacked by the Japanese, with whom we were at peace. Lulled by this sense of security, The Pacific Fleet lay at anchorage when swarms of Japanese planes appeared in the sky. Submarines struck at the same time. Against these odds, the sailors and marines made their resistance an epic of heroism. Aboard the battleship Arizona, in flames in the center of the picture, they stuck to their guns as long as they could keep them firing. Our Navy and Army accounted for 41 Japanese planes and three submarines. From this treacherous attack was the born the historic battlecry...
"REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR"
Made in U.S.A.
United China & Glass Co.
New Orleans, LA
The vintage transfer
the Vernon Kilns "Ultra"-style
rim featuring battleships, fighter planes, the Statue of Liberty, banners, and the like.
plate is in excellent conditon with no chips, cracks,