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Latest Chamber of Commerce plate honors Belle Meade Hunt

McDuffie County's eighth commemorative plate has been designed and bears a different quality than all the previous in the series.

"This one has people on it," said Jack Roth, who markets the plates. "Instead of a building, it has people, horses and 17 hounds."

The historical collector plate features a scene from the Belle Meade Hunt, with a picture of James Wilson riding on a horse in the forefront surrounded by hounds and two other riders in the background.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carolyn Gilbert said the plates will arrive before the annual Belle Meade Hunt in November. Mr. Roth said the Staffordshire china plates are made in England using the same cutting copper engraving techniques used in the 1830s.

Printed on the back of each plate in the series is a brief history about the image on the front. The back of the Belle Meade Hunt plate has the poem given by "Pinky" Margaret Knox at the 1967 Hunt Ball. Mr. Roth said there is an additional paragraph about the hunt in regards to Thomson-McDuffie County being the largest opening meet in the world.

"You could hang the backs of the plates on a wall and people could walk by and read the history of the whole county at one time," he said.

The newest plate has the same border of camellias around the edge and will be available in blue-on-white and pink-on-white. Ms. Gilbert said a very small limited number of china jugs, coffee pots and teapots will also be available.

Previous plates in the series include the Laura Jones School, the McDuffie County Courthouse, the Wrightsboro Church, the Thomas E. Watson House, the Depot, the Rock House and Hickory Hill.

For more information, or to purchase previous plates in the series, visit the Chamber of Commerce at the Depot on Main Street in downtown Thomson, or call 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, September 04, 2008

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