ANTIQUE CHILDS ALPHABET ABC PLATE
LITTLE TOM TUCKER
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1870
This outstanding 6 3/4 " alphabet plate has a crisp image transfer printed in rich dark lavender in the center and green along the outside. Very rare to find a bi-color Nursery Rhymes plate.
In addition to the entire ABC alphabet transfer with geometrics and vines, this plate has a central image is of the classic Nursery Rhyme:
Little Tommy Tucker sings for his supper, What shall we give him? Brown bread and butter. How shall he cut it without a knife? How shall he marry without a wife?
Little 'Tommy Tucker' referred to in the words of this nursery rhyme was a colloquial term that was commonly used to describe orphans - Little Tommy Tucker . The orphans were often reduced to begging or 'singing for their supper'. The reference to Little Tommy Tucker marrying and the lack of a wife reflects the difficulty of any orphan being able to marry due to their exceptionally low standing within the community.
Condition is EXCELLENT, NEVER USED. No chips, cracks or repairs. Light edge roughness to the touch. Outstanding !!
Plates like these were given as gifts to children on special occasions and were used as educational tools, as well. A lovely addition to your ABC collection.