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Delft charger plate, white with blue floral pattern around rim. The words “1533-24 April-1933” appear in blue at the top of the plate. The words “Saevis Tranquillus In Undis” appear at the bottom.
This plate was designed to celebrate the birth of William of Orange. Born April 24, 1533, this charger plate celebrates the 400th anniversary of William's birth.

He was born William I, the Prince of Orange. He was also known as William the Silent or William of Orange. He was the main leader of the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581. He was born into the House of Nassau as Count of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the Orange-Nassau branch and the ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, he is also known as Father of the Fatherland (Dutch: Vader des Vaderlands).

A wealthy nobleman, William originally served the Habsburgs as a member of the court of Margaret of Parma, governor of the Spanish Netherlands. Unhappy with the centralisation of political power away from the local estates and with the Spanish persecution of Dutch Protestants, William joined the Dutch uprising and turned against his former masters. The most influential and politically capable of the rebels, he led the Dutch to several successes in the fight against the Spanish. Declared an outlaw by the Spanish king in 1580, he was assassinated by Balthasar Gérard (also written as "Gerardts") in Delft in 1584.
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Walther, Paul & Deborah