EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE ABC PLATE
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840
This is a 6 1/8 " child's transferware Alphabet plate , circa 1840 or earlier. The plate is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze.
The alphabet is impressed along the rim. It is transfer printed in dark black with Benjamin Franklin's Maxim:
Sloth like rust consumes faster than labour wears while the used key is always bright.
God helps them that help themselves, Lost time is never found again.
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Plates like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the early to mid-19th century. The images were taken from copperplate engravings used in children's books of the same period.
Never Used and in great condition. Clean shiny and bright. Nicely potted and the transfers were applied with a good deal of attention to detail. Three tiny flakes to the edge from stilt marks in the kiln.
Children's early alphabet plates of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. The images are delightful, a throwback to a much simpler time. The plate will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes.