EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE ABC PLATE
Dr. FRANKLIN'S MAXIM'S ~ WANT OF KNOWLEDGE
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840
This is a 7 3/8 " child's transferware Alphabet plate , circa 1850. The plate is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze. The plate has a fleur-de-lis rim with the entire alphabet impressed into the plate.
It is transfer printed in dark brown with a central transfer is of men on horseback and wagon catapulting off a bridge and into a river.
Great subject matter ! Maxim reads:
" Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge. ~ For want of a nail the shoe was lost, and for want of a shoe the horse was lost. "
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Plates like this were 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.
The condition of this ABC plate is EXCELLENT, Clean and bright, and no utensil wear. Transfer is a bit light.
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. Please email me with any questions or if you would like to see additional photos.