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Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery

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Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery

Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery
Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery
Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery
Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery
Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery
Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery

Nauvoo Temple Plate - Scovil Bakery

19.95

This is a beautiful replica of the original Nauvoo Temple Plate, commemorating the dedication of the Nauvoo Temple in May of 1846. The original plate was commissioned from the Twigg Potteries in Staffordshire by Lucius N. Scovil when he was on his mission in England in 1846.

In the center of the plate is a depiction of the original Nauvoo Temple.  On the rim are the names of members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and several other Church leaders serving at the time Elder Scovil left for his mission to England. He commissioned 50 dozen plates in 1846, and only 14 are known to exist at this time.  One is on display at the historic Scovil Bakery in Nauvoo, IL - another is on display at the Heber C. Kimball home in Nauvoo - and 12 are housed at the Church History Museum in SLC, UT. 

It was always thought that there were only blue Temple plates that had come from England but recently a small box of red plates were discovered in a home in Liverpool England.

 

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HISTORY OF THE NAUVOO TEMPLE PLATE
 
The Nauvoo Temple plate was designed and created by Lucius Scovil in 1846.  He joined the Church in 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio, and immediately left on the first of what became many missions. Upon returning from his mission, Lucius arrived in Kirtland to find the Saints fleeing the city.  Since many families had no means of transport, Scovil made several trips totaling almost 1,000 miles transporting various families to the Ohio River before he gathered his own family and traveled to Missouri.  Eventually he was driven from Missouri with the other Saints and in 1840, with no money or possessions, the Scovils settled in Nauvoo .
 
The much-loved Scovil Bakery was his new endeavor and he built the bakery just south of the cultural hall in Nauvoo.  He placed an ad in the Nauvoo Neighbor newspaper offering baked goods, candies, confections and wedding cakes “at the same prices as can be found in St. Louis.”  During the time the Scovils were in Nauvoo their bakery was busy and delighted many.  When the Saints were crossing the prairies Scovil received a call to serve a mission in England. After giving his family a blessing he turned and headed east.  Lucius Scovil took with him a detailed drawing of the Nauvoo Temple, which he worked hard to help complete.  It was on his mission in England that he gave the drawing to Staffordshire Potteries and designed how the plate should be made.  He added President Brigham Young to the top of the plate and then the apostles.  He commissioned 150 dozen plates and they became popular on both sides of the Atlantic.  Today, there are approximately one dozen known to exist. 

The Scovil Bakery in Nauvoo hands out over 50,000 free gingerbread cookies each year using the old 1840’s recipe.