This is a most unusual black transferware plate. It features a fox with an array of stage gear and including a mask. On the left of the plate is a large flower. This is one of a series of plates illustrating Aesop's fables. This plate has the words in Olde English Ye Fox & Ya Mask. In the fable a Fox had by some means gotten into the store-room of a theatre. Suddenly he observed a face glaring down on him and began to be very frightened; but looking more closely he found it was only a Mask such as actors use to put over their face. "Ah," said the Fox, "you look very fine; it is a pity you have not got any brains." The plate measures 9" in diameter. The plate is marked with several marks on the bottom. There is an impressed COPELAND with a B and a 2. This mark is shown to be 1850-67. Then there is an English registry mark for the pattern giving a date of January 28, 1879. There is some is a mis-connect in that the pattern is registered after the date of the impressed mark. This could mean that the blank was make previous to the plate being transfer printed. However, this plate dates to the second half of the 19th century. This plate does have two small chips on the edge. I will sell it at a reduced price. It's registry mark is Mar 12, 1879. I will be listing other plates of this series. They would be great for grouping in decorating a wall.
Item ID: 1737-5
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