Staffordshire transfer print plate Protestant Ascendancy Orange Order circa 1820 - 30
A very scarce and unusual Staffordshire printed pottery commemorative dinner plate from the early nineteenth century. Celebrating the Protestant Ascendancy ( A phrase coined in 1782 to describe the political, economic and social domination of Ireland by a minority of landowners, Protestant clergy and members of the Church of Ireland and Church of England - wiki). It features a printed verse "May The Orange Institution stand as firm as the Oak as the enemies fall off like the leaves in October". The Orange Institution exists to this day, being known now as the Orange Order. Around the edge of the print are the names of the sign of the Zodiac, this link to free masonry being further emphasised by numerous masonic pictorial designs in the body of the print such as "the all seeing eye", "square and compasses" "scales" "coffin" etc. The printed parts of the design are in green with a colour wash used to highten other areas, a brown line sets off the central well of the plate and the rim is also in brown
All in all a tour de force of religious, political and masonic symbolism and a rare addition to any collection formed along these lines. Size: 9.5" diameter x 1" deep Weight: 15.8 oz or 450 g. approximately.
Condition: Very good - there is a very faint hairline to the reverse which I think is in the glaze only as the plate still "rings" when tapped. There are several firing imperfections, an overall light crazing and expected light wear. Please see all photographs and as ever I am happy to send more and answer any questions you may have,