Since the 1930's, the Wedgewood pottery has been producing plates in sets of twelve for schools, colleges and universities. The format is the same -twelves dinner plates showing twelve scenes of the school's campus- but there is infinite variety in design and execution.
Some of these plates are quite common, others are quite hard to find. The general rule is that the smaller the institution, the more difficult the plates are to find as the fewer sets were originally ordered.
I have yet to discover how these plates were offered for sale, but my suspicion is that they were sold through the school in some fashion as a fund-raiser.
These plates were made for Swarthmore College. They are Queensware (creamware). They are a custom blank with profiles of a Quaker man and women on the rim in rondels surrounded by oak leaves. They are transfer-printed in Mulberry with images of the school.
We have two plates: one showing Clothier Hall, the other Worth Hall.
The plates are 10.675" in diameter.
Condition: both are as new, no wear or damage. The Worth Hall plate is lightly crazed all over. Crazing (crackled glazed) is common on Wedgwood of this vintage. it was a manufacturing issue (the oil-fired kilns Wedgwood used did not maintain a contrast temperature) and is not damage.
Marks: Marked on the back with the usual impressed and incised Wedgwood marks. There is also an image of a lion and a kangaroo boxing on a stage on the backs of both plates. My research shows this relates in some way to the Hamburg Show and is mentioned in a song recorded as early as the 1920's.
We have two plate. Price is per plate. Please indicate which plate(s) you're interested in when ordering.
Item ID: 2334