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18th century blue and white charger
I thought it were the remains of some firing supports. But holes would be rather strange.
I saw them but as only one has the stain by it, I assumed that was coincidental.
People did hang plates that way and if repairers can make holes in the decorated surface for staples, I would imagine holes through the footrim would be simpler.
That was my thought process, anyway. 😊
I think that those are not hanging holes.
Hanging holes are not placed that way, they should be in pair and on one side. In my opinion those are holes made for some sort of support, for example ormolou bases, etc. Hence made later in Europe.
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