plate rail

noun
a rail or narrow shelf fixed along a wall to hold plates, especially for ornament or display.

Origin:
1815–25

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plate rail
 
n
railways Sometimes shortened to: plate an early flat rail with an extended flange on its outer edge to retain wheels on the track

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