EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE ABC PLATE
THE LETTER " A "
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840
This is a 6 1/2 " child's transferware Alphabet plate , circa 1840. The plate is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze. It is transfer printed in dark black with gaily hand clobbering in bright green, blue and red.
This rare and unusual antique ABC alphabet plate has a classic sawtooth type border, wrapped with red piping, and then the entire alphabet surrounding the well of the plate. The central transfer shows The letter " A ".
A is for APPLE ~ APE ~ ARM ~ AIR
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Plates like this were made 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 plate is in fine condition other than a hairline crack which runs through the letter G. 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.