plate rail

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

1815–25 Unabridged
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plate rail
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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Here, the molding creates and unexpected plate rail for display, as well.
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