One piece, however, sticks out, and I just happen to have been recently researching this genre. This is the plate, 11th down, with monthly calendars around the perimeter (1908 with magnification) and the center a bucolic European scene. These plates were printed from decals, not transferred; most of the decals were made in Germany. Some of the plates may have been produced in Germany, but a huge number were made in the US with the German decals (WW-I put an end to this). Usually, the American produced plates also had the name of a retailer (groceries, dry goods, furniture, etc), often starting with "Compliments of ...) and commonly from very small towns as opposed to larger cities; thus they were advertising give-aways. The lack of retailer name on your example suggests that either a paper decal or other means identified the retailer; there was no particular retailer; or perhaps the plate was indeed made in Germany or elsewhere, and sold as is. The majority, by far, of these calendar plates include a retailer's name.
So far, starting in October 2010 and searching eBay thoroughly, I have documented 101 patterns on 250 plates from the year 1910, which was the peak year of production of this genre. About 90 % of all advertising calendar plates are from 1909, 1910 and 1911, with the earliest being 1902 and the latest a sprinkling through the 1920s.
Is there a makers mark on your plate? Where did you obtain it?
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