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John Wayne Collectors Plates

Over the decades there have been many collectible products of John Wayne made, but none so attractive as the John Wayne decorative plates. I am not aware of any definitive list of all the John Wayne plates made, but below is a list of many of the plates I know of. Some of the plates are officially made with the permission of the Wayne family, and others are possibly made by amateur platemakers using photographs from various films. Most are no longer in print.

I expect there are others, if you know of any please let me know, and send a photo if you can with all the details of the plate. Also, if you have any information not listed on these plates below I would be grateful if you could send it to me so I can update this list.

What is the value of these John Wayne plates?
As with all collectibles, their value will be driven by supply and demand, and the passage of time, and how badly someone wants a particular item that they may have been searching for over a long period and what they are prepared to pay. When these items were first advertised the manufacturers often used the term 'Limited Edition' suggesting a limited number were made. Some manufacturers may state the exact numbers made or use a phrase such as '95 firing days only' which suggests no more will be made after that. But if 50 a day are made for 95 days, that is 4750.

Because we all collect different things the chances of them running out are reduced. These are marketing ploys used to make us rush out and buy the products. Other marketing ploys are that these items are an investment. Some are, but most are not. Many of the items here now sell for much less than when they were first released; some have retained the same value; some do not sell at all. The Internet has opened up what was once a small market for specialist dealers who could demand high prices because there was nowhere that ordinary people could go to buy or advertise items for sale. Online auction sites have had a remarkable effect of the value of collectibles; what won't sell one day may sell another time. But things can change. So there is no definitive answer to the question.

Bob Isaac, Uxbridge, UK.

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Last update: 25 November 2011

Where to buy and sell these plates: You will often find plenty advertised on Internet auction sites such as eBay.

Commemorative John Wayne 92 44-40 Winchester Rifle

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John Wayne Wall Display by Bradford Exchange

Click on a picture below to get a bigger picture or more information.

DuCaps Inc

Unissued set. This is something I have not been able to find out when or why it was made.

John Wayne set by DuCaps Inc

BRADFORD EXCHANGE

The Bradford Exchange issues two series of plates to celebrate John Wayne's 100th Anniversary. All plates are issued with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Many of these are currently available. Do an Internet search for Bradford Exchange in your own country.

John Wayne: American Icon Collection


There are 3 plates in this set and all are 16.5cm in diameter. Unlike other plates that are bowl shaped, these are flat. A replica rifle is issued as well to hang the plates on. All are Limited Editions with a Certificate of Authenticity. First issued 2006

View all 3 plates on rifle style plate hanger

Taming The West
Taming The West

Tall In The Saddle
Tall In The Saddle

Western Justice
Western Justice

John Wayne: Hero For A Century Series

A series of plates to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1907. In the UK only 4 plates were issued, but 12 have been issued in North America. All are Limited Editions with a Certificate of Authenticity.
20cm diameter
First issued 2007

Hero For A Century
Plate 1: Hero For A Century

Thunder Across The Plains
Plate 2: Thunder Across The Plains

The Man And The Legend
Plate 3: The Man and The Legend

Tall In The Saddle
Plate 4: Tall In The Saddle

Master Of The West
Plate 5: Master Of The West

Round Em Up
Plate 6: Round ‘Em Up

Frontier Horizon
Plate 7: Frontier Horizon

America's Cowboy
Plate 8: America’s Cowboy

Western Legend
Plate 9: Western Legend

True Hero
Plate 10: True Hero

Cowboy Legend
Plate 11: Cowboy Legend

Trail Boss
Plate 12: Trail Boss

John Wayne: Hero For A Century Series - Proof Plates

These are pre-production proofs
The final issues may be different from these.

  • Plate 1 - Hero For A Century
    This plate is unique because after the 'John Wayne' signature it has ® and as you will see from the picture this was replaced in the production plates by ™
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  • Plate 3 - The Man and The Legend
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  • Plate 4 - Tall In The Saddle
    This differs from the production plate where the sky and the mountains had changed in the final.
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  • Plate 5 - Master Of The West
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  • Plate 6 - Round ‘Em Up
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  • Plate 7 - Frontier Horizon
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  • Plate 8 - America’s Cowboy
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FRANKLIN MINT

A series of plates by the artist Robert Tanenbaum. All plates are issued with a Certificate of Authenticity. All are 8" ( 20.3cm ) plates.

John Wayne: Western Series

6 plates in the collection. All are Limited Editions with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Duke
The Duke
(Film: Hondo)

American Legend
American Legend
(Film: Rio Bravo)

Hero of The West
Hero Of The West
(Film: Rio Grande)

High Country
High Country

Pine Ridge
Pine Ridge
For some unknown reason this was also titled "Symbol Of Law And Order" but with a COA still showing the title "Pine Ridge"

Spirit Of The West
Spirit Of The West
(Film: Stagecoach)

John Wayne: Symbol of America Series

6 plates in the collection. All are Limited Editions with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Champion Of The West
Champion Of The West
(Film: The Cowboys)

Cowboy Legend
Cowboy Legend
(Film: The Shootist)

Hondo Lane, Cavalry Scout
Hondo Lane, Cavalry Scout
(Film: Hondo)

Long Arm Of The Law
Long Arm Of The Law
(Film: The Comancheros)

Rugged Horseman
Rugged Horseman

The Legend Lives On
The Legend Lives On

John Wayne: Defender of America Series

12 plates in the collection. All are Limited Editions with a Certificate of Authenticity.

• All the plates in this series were also made in the UK by Royal Doulton and this is printed on the rear of the plate

Bravery Under Fire
Bravery Under Fire
Film: The Fighting Seabees

Green Berets
Legendary Green Beret
(Film: The Green Berets)

Remembering D-Day
Remembering D-Day
Film: The Longest Day)

Symbol Of America's Naval Heroes
Symbol Of America’s Naval Heroes

Symbol Of America's Fighter Pilots
Symbol Of America’s Fighter Pilots
(Film: Flying Tigers)

Symbol Of America's Fighting Forces
Symbol Of America’s Fighting Forces
(Film: Sands Of Iwo Jima)

Salute To The Soldier
Salute To The Soldier
Film: The Longest Day)

Symbol Of Naval Strength
Symbol Of Naval Strength

Symbol Of The US Coast Guard
Symbol Of The US Coast Guard

Symbol Of Marine Air Power
Symbol Of Marine Air Power

Symbol Of Leadership
Symbol Of Leadership

Tribute To Jet Pilots
Tribute To Jet Pilots
(Film: Jet Pilot)

REPUBLIC / ERNST INC /HAMILTON

A series of plates by the artist Susie Morton. All were issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, and only made for a period of 28 days. All are 9¼" ( 23.3cm ) plates. Made in 1992

14 plates in the collection. All are Limited Editions with a Certificate of Authenticity.

You will see that there are 3 versions of the smaller Tribute plate. Why there were two different issues with the gold rim is not known. One was 950 made and the other 9500 made. If you know let me know please.

Attack At Tarawa
Attack At Tarawan
Film: Sands of Iwo Jima

Angel Anbd The Badman
Angel And The Badman
Film: Angel and The Badman

Flying Tigers
Flying Tigers
Film: Flying Tigers

Sands Of Iwo Jima
Sands Of Iwo Jima
Film: Sands of Iwo Jima

Showdown With Laredo
Showdown With Laredo
Film: Angel and The Badman

Tribute to John Wayne
Tribute Edition
12" ( 30.5cm )
9500 made

Tribute to John Wayne
Tribute Edition
8½" 950 made with Gold rim
8½" 9500 made with Gold rim
8¼" 9500 made without Gold rim

The Fighting Seabees
The Fighting Seabees
Film: The Fighting Seabees

The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man
Film: The Quiet Man

The Ride Home
The Ride Home
Film: Rio Grande

Thoughts Of Angelique
Thoughts Of Angelique
Film: Wake of The Red Witch

War Of The Wildcats
War Of The Wildcats
Film: War of The Wildcats
(Also knows as In Old Oklahoma)

OTHERS

Anna Perrena

Identical to the Susie Morton plate "The Fighting Seabees", but no inscription on the back. It has a maroon box with "Anna Perenna" in gold print. 9¼"

The Fighting Seabees

Bavarian Porcelain

John Wayne - American
7½" 1980. Has inscriptions: "2.Int.IVV Volkswanderung 1980" and "The Sunny Zweibrucken Coyotes"

Bavarian Porcelain

Cassidy J Alexander


Hackett American/Fairmont Porcelain

John Wayne by Cassidy Alexander
John Wayne
1982
10,000 made

John Wayne by Cassidy Alexander
Military
1983
10,000 made
8½"

American Frontier
American Frontier
5000 made
The only one by CJ Alexander that had a Certificate of Authenticity
1984

John Wayne by Cassidy Alexander
John Wayne
7,500 made
1985

Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.

4 plates known to exist in this set.

  • This small but beautiful plate shows JW with 3 other Hollywood legends, Shirley Temple, Clarke Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
    6"x 8"
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  • Similar picture
    7¼"
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  • This is a similar picture but is only 3¾" in diameter.
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Cinema Classics

Rio Grande
1950 (?)
8½" 10,000 made. Has printed presentation box with certificate and film info sheet. Film: Rio Grande

Rio Grande

Clarance Thorpe


Fairmont Porcelein

Spirit Of America
Spirit Of America
1985
7,500 made
8½"

America's Most Loved
America"s Most Loved
10,000 made

A Great American
(In Memory Of) A Great American
8½"
7,500 made

Country Fair Stoneware Collection

No Title
7½"
Place and date unknown. Under the inscription on the back is the word 'JAPAN'. It is not known if the printed plate was made in Japan or just the plate.

Country Fair

Cutting Edge Collectibles

Made in the USA around 2008/9

John Wayne plate by Cutting Edge Collectibles
John Wayne
8½"

John Wayne plate by Cutting Edge Collectibles
John Wayne
8½"

John Wayne plate by Cutting Edge Collectibles
John Wayne and Claudette Colbert
8½"

The Big Trail
John Wayne from The Big Trail
8½"

DAWC - Bamberg, Germany

Possibly from The Horse Soldiers
1982
7¼"
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Has the inscription: "2 Intervalionale Wandertage DAWC - Bamberg 1982"
This is believed to be the Deutsche Association of Walking Clubs event of 2 walking days in 1982. It is not confirmed this is a John Wayne related plate.
The plate appears to have John Wayne on the white horse and Ken Curtis on the brown horse. I have no idea why this plate was part of that event

Endre Szabo

The Man Of The Golden West. 1979. 10¼"

John Wayne by Endre Szabo

Glenice

The Duke by Glenice
The Duke
5000 made
1987
10"

The Duke mini plate by Glenice
Mini plate
Smaller version
4¼"

The Gunfight by Glenice
The Gunfight
John Wayne with Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Kenny Rogers
1987. 5000 made. 10¼"

Hansa Design

Sweden

John Wayne 1907 - 1979. 1000 made. 7¾"

Swedish John Wayne plate
Kel Reid

An American Legend. 5000 made. 8¼"

An American Legend

M&G Originals

A series of 6 Melmac plastic plates from the early 1980's.

John Wayne True Grit
"Duke" John Wayne
9½"

John Wayne
John Wayne
9½"

John Wayne
John Wayne
9½"

John Wayne
From The Long Voyage Home
9½"

John Wayne Rio Lobo
From Rio Lobo
9½"

John Wayne. The Cowboys
From The Cowboys
9½"

Melmac plastic plates

John Wayne. Early 1980's plastic plate. 10"

John Wayne

Nekros Sudios / Middle Earth Collectibles

These plates were made around 2002-2004 in the USA.

John Wayne Plate
8"

John Wayne Plate
8"

John Wayne Plate
8"

John Wayne Plate
8"

John Wayne Plate
No title
8"

John Wayne Plate

John Wayne Plate

John Wayne Plate
8½"

John Wayne Plate

John Wayne Plate
8½"

John Wayne Plate
8"

John Wayne Plate
8"

John Wayne Plate
8½"

John Wayne Plate
8½"

John Wayne Plate
8½"

   

Platecrafters, Arizona, USA

Four rectangular plates 5" wide 7" high, with cowboy poses. Believed to have been made in 2004.

John Wayne Plate John Wayne Plate John Wayne Plate John Wayne Plate
Porcelain Images

John Wayne Plate
8½"

Robert Tanenbaum

The origin of these two plates is unknown but the designs are identical to the two plates of the same names issued by the Franklin Mint.

These plates have the markings Dynamic Dish Inc on the backs of them. These may have been early official issues of Tanenbaum's works or made by an amateur plate maker.

8¼". Similar to the Franklin Mint plate "Symbol Of Fighter Pilots"

Fighter Pilot

Similar to the Franklin Mint plate "Spirit Of The West". 10" Oval plate

John Wayne Oval Plate
Sagittarius Studios

Massachusettes, USA

John Wayne Plate
9½"

Stars Of America

John Wayne Plate
Stars Of America
8½"

Susie Morton

Late 1970's plates. Distributed by Ernst Inc

John Wayne American. Her 1st John Wayne Plate. Also known as the "Alamo Plate". Film: The Alamo. 10¼". 2500 made

John Wayne. The Alamo Plate

John Wayne. Her 2nd John Wayne Plate. Also known as "Circus World". Film: Circus World. 10½". 27,500 made

John Wayne Plate. Circus World
Unknown

Commemorative Miniature Set of 2 plates

  • No Titles
    Both are 1" in diameter
    Feature: Rooster Cogburn and D Day 6th of June
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Unknown

Four plates possibly made by the same amateur platemaker in very small numbers. Made in the UK. All have the same small image, head and shoulders and a rifle, in the centre of the plate but with slightly different finishing to the plate edges.

John Wayne Plate
6¾"

John Wayne Plate
7"

John Wayne Plate
7"

John Wayne Plate
8½"

Unknown

Possibly made by amateur platemakers in very small numbers. Made in the UK

John Wayne as Hondo Lane
From Hondo
Has inscription on back in gold
7"

John Wayne Plate
5½"

John Wayne Plate
10"

John Wayne Plate
Duke. 8"

Unknown

Possibly made by an amateur platemaker in very small numbers. Made in the UK.

John Wayne Rio Bravo Plate
8" with fluted plate design

John Wayne Rio Bravo Plate
8" with plain plate design

John Wayne Rio Bravo Plate
3" with 11 sided plate design

Unknown

Has inscription on rear - 1/89 No 2 with possibly the name of the maker

Unknown

These four plates may have been made in the same place as they all have a sticker on the rear of the plate with "Rocky Top Farm"

Unknown

The origin of these plates is not known and no known numbers produced are available.

Unknown

Series of plastic plates. Made around 2004 in the USA

Unknown

Made from brass

World Wide Art Studios, Tennessee

Madison County Antique Association Festival Series II - Plate 3
John Wayne's Birthplace
1982
8"

John Wayne Plate

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