c1862 PRAIRIE SHAPE White Ironstone Plate by Clementson

Antique white molded ironstone plate by Clementson in the popular Prairie Shape from about 1862. This plate in excellent condition. The recorded date for the registration of this Prairie shape seems to be unclear according to several published sources. Wetherbee (1980:73 and 1985:81) gives 1862 for the registration date for both Joseph Clementson and Livesley Powell (& Co). Stoltzfus and Snyder (1997:99) do not give any year. The register mark on this plate is very clear and has both the pattern name, `Prairie Shape' and the November 15, 1861 (an R for the year code and not an O). And so if you like to collect plain white ironstone with absolute provenance, then this plate fully meets that criterion. Of course, plain white is not an accurate term since this plate like many mid 1800s molded ironstone plates has a tinted glaze that grayish tinted glaze following the fashion of French opaque china of the period. The molded pattern along the marly includes a spray of wheat and flowers tied with a ribbon that is repeated five times. Each spray occupies the center of a molded reserve. According to folk history and supported by archaeological excavations, many of the grains of wheat patterns on molded ironstone were popular across the great plains as settlers moved westward.

Fragments of these patterns have recovered from many 1860s and 1870s homestead sites from Texas and Oklahoma all the way up the Great Plains and well into Canada. The last photo shows several other common tinted ironstone patterns dating from the mid 1800s. None of these other ironstone items are for sale here and you are only purchasing the Prairie Shape plate as described above and shown in the first seven photos. And so if you collect notable molded white ironstone from the mid 1800s and want an example with clearly impressed patent registration data, then this plate is for you. And as always, this ironstone plate also comes with my Docs Antiques `no fault' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see return policy full details explained farther below for certain costs that are not refunded unless the description is wrong).

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION INFO: The impressed register mark on the back of this plate is very clear and readable. It has codes and writing which indicate that the pattern on this plate was registered under Parcel #3 with the British Patent Office on November 15, 1861 by J Clementson of Hanley. All of these facts are established by the impressed mark. The curving band at the very top of the register mark has the pattern name clearly stated as `Prairie Shape.' Other references give the following additional details for what was registered on November 15 some 149 years ago. Three actual patent numbers were awarded to the J. Clementsons on that day and they includes patents 146352, 353 and 354 (Cushion 1983:309). Godden (1999:187) notes that Joseph Clementson's Parcel 3 acquired patents for dinnerwares, teawares and toiletwares although his notations seems to include a typo listing November 18, 1861. Joseph Clementson became Clementson Brothers in 1865 and there is also a black printed Clementson Brothers mark on the back of the plate. Since this plate has both Clementson marks, it probably dates to the actual year of the firm's change over to Clementson Brothers after having been using the Joseph Clementson title.

SIZE: This plate measures nearly 9 3/4 inches across and stands about 1 1/4 inches tall along the rim. It has a broad footring with a diameter of 5 5/8 inches across. The plate is just the right size for displaying on a shelf, hanging on a wall or simply placing in stand on a table or counter top.

CONDITION: This Clementson plate is in excellent condition and has no chips, cracks, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The only declarations to mention that keeps it from being absolutely perfect is a minor production flaw on the front. There is a small 3/16 inch glaze contact where this plate touched another item during firing in the kiln (see photo with pencil pointing to the small rough spot). Beyond that small spot, there are no other issues and the glaze is shiny and bright with no crazing. Utensil wear on the face of the plate is very minor and not evident unless viewed in reflected light. A better example with clearly readable registration markings would be hard to find today without paying a lot more than the price offered here.

SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $10.80 for double boxed and insured USPS Priority mail (insurance is INCLUDED in this amount for all mainland US addresses only and that is a savings of $2 to $4 depending on where you live in the US). All international buyers will also pay only actual shipping/insurance costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland (these costs will be determined upon receipt of your international address details).

RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return this J. CLEMENTSON PRAIRIE SHAPE MOLDED IRONSTONE PLATE c1862 undamaged by sending it back post marked within seven days of receipt for a refund (see terms of sale for full details, certain fees & costs not refunded). Items damaged during shipping are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double box, we will gladly help you file your claim should it ever be necessary (to date, we have had only two claims for damage from shipping in over 7 years). Of course, never send an item back that was damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.

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Item ID: RL318.a926

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