This is a beautiful flow blue, rolled edge; souvenir plate entitled "Souvenir of Milwaukee Wis ~ City Hall". The main scene is of the pilgrims landing at City Hall. The rolled boarder has panel scenes of The New Auditorium, Lake Park & Drive, Post Office, Juneau Park, Majestic Building, Public Library & Museum and a man with a beer keg. Views of early America are preserved in Staffordshire pottery to this day. Their owners are very proud of them. The Staffordshire potters showed their greatest genius in the choice of the rich dark blue color. It was a lovely tone, and once it made an overwhelming appeal to America's pioneer housewives. How many different designs were made will never be known, as, even in these days an un-cataloged piece will not infrequently turn up from some attic chest or some ancient chimney corner. It is scenes such as the ones on this plate that make that century-old Staffordshire ware so popular nowadays with collectors. Historical societies likewise seek appropriate pieces for their museums. Such commemorative dishes certainly help to keep alive the past glowing memories. They are more than plates: they have become a library of American History. This plate is in GREAT condition! No chips, cracks or repairs. Bright blue & clear white, no stains, some age related crazing.
Backstamp: Ridgways England, with A C Bossleman & Co. New York (importer)
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