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EARLY CHILDS ALPHABET ABC PLATE

AESOPS FABLES ~ THE SHEPHERD'S BOY

Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840

This diminutive, 5 inch transferware alphabet plate has a crisp decoration applied in dark black with a pearlware glaze. In addition to the entire ABC alphabet transfer with a decorative clover transfer, this plate has a central cartouche of the Aesop's Fable "The Shepherd's Boy", known in contemporary literature as the boy who cried wolf.

This plate is by far one of the best in our collection that we offer for sale. The "Shepherd's Boy" fable goes as follows:

" A SHEPHERD-BOY, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!" and when his neighbors came to help him, he laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: "Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep"; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance."

The moral of the story is: "There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth."

Condition is outstanding, with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Clean and bright. The best transfer I have seen on this particular plate. The plate has no maker's mark, and the exact maker is unknown, though it most likely was made in the Staffordshire district of England in the mid-19th century. Please email me with any questions or if you would like to see additional photos.

Item ID: AA1290


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Superb Fables Plate ~ The Boy Who Cried Wolf 1840

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