CHILDS ALPHABET TRANSFERWARE PLATE
THE THREE BEARS TAKE A WALK
LETTER " B "
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840
This rare small alphabet plate is 5 3/8 " in diameter and is transfer printed in dark flowing blue.
An impressed border of alternating vines and flowers with a red striping on the rim. The central transfer is of the upper case and lower case " B ".
From the children's classic, Goldilocks / Silverlocks and the Three Bears. Silverlocks is the English version of Goldilocks. The three bears take a walk in the woods while their porridge cools. A delightful transfer with Little Bear glancing towards home and his warm porridge.
This plate is part of a larger series depicting Nursery Tales or Nursery Rhymes, assigning one tale to each letter of the alphabet. Plates like this were made in the Staffordshire district of England in the early-to-mid 19th century, and given as gifts to good children or rewards of merit. They were used to aid in the education and moral training or youngsters. The images were taken from copper plate engravings first used in early primers.
Condition is excellent. Clean and bright with no chips, no cracks, no hairlines and no repairs. Three normal stilt marks to the front. A rare exceptional piece.