EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE ABC PLATE
possibly Dixon & Co ~ Sunderland
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840
This is a small 5 1/2 " child's transferware Alphabet plate , circa 1840 or earlier. The plate is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze.
The alphabet is impressed along the rim with decorations and the letter Z is backwards, a common mistake from the less educated pottery worker. It is transfer printed in dark black with Benjamin Franklin's Maxim:
He that betrays his trust will never have confidence reposed in him.
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Plates like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, 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.
Never Used, EXCELLENT CONDITION. Clean shiny and bright. Nicely potted and the transfers were applied with a good deal of attention to detail.
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 of children's dishes.