Children's plates featuring the alphabet as part of the design were popular from as early as 1820 until after the turn of the century. The earliest English cream-ware plates were decorated with embossed letters and prim moralistic verses, but the later Staffordshire products were conductive to a more relaxed mealtime atmosphere, often depicting playful animals and riddles or scenes or pleasant leisure-time activities. This wonderful Staffordshire plate, circa 1875, has the alphabet letters embossed around the outer rim and repeated in black transfer around the center of the plate. The center depicts a pastoral scene a Mother and her young daughter feeding several sheep. The background shows homestead buildings. The transfer colors are shades of gray, green, yellow, red and blue. The plate measures 7 1/2" across. The condition is excellent with no cracks, chips or repairs. There is a small factory chip on the underside which is glazed over and two minor hairlines on the underside, one of which barely extends over the edge unto the front. (see photos) You will be pleased with this item.