Buffalo Pottery’s history began in 1903 when the Larkin Soap Company of Buffalo, New York began making pottery and china to offer customers as premiums when they purchased soap products by mail order or through select retail outlets. Operating nine kilns from the very beginning, the first Buffalo products were actually semi-vitreous dinnerware sets.
Buffalo’s most famous art pottery line by far, introduced by the first company manager Louis H. Bown, is 'Deldare' with themes reflecting the literature, art, and village life of period England. The first line produced only from 1908 to 1909 features hand-painted scenes from Cecil Aldin’s Fallowfield Hunt or English village scenes on olive green semi-vitreous china, according to an article by Harry Rinker republished online.
This wonderful Deldare bread & butter plate entitled "At Ye Lion In" features two Colonial gentlemen, one seated at a table, while the other stands leaning on this cane. The wide border portrays several buildings from the village. It is marked with the company logo & "Made at ye Buffalo Pottery - Deldare Ware - Underglaze - 1908". Also signed by the artist. The plate measures 6 1/4" across with no cracks, chips or repairs; several minor utensil marks.