Early Staffordshire Child's Transferware
ABC Nursery Rhyme Plate ~ LITTLE JACK HORNER
Staffordshire England c. 1870
This child's transferware plate dates to 1870, possibly earlier. This plate measures 6" in diameter. It is transfer printed in brown or sepia with the entire alphabet transfer printed along the outer rim. The central image is a naive depiction of LITTLE JACK HORNER, the character from the popular child's nursery rhyme. Jack is seen sitting in the corner with his thumb stuck into a plum pie. Great detailing, with his striped socks, button sleeves and bow tie.
The maker is not known for certain although the styling suggests it may be an early Brownhills Pottery Co plate. The plate was made was most definitely made in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid to late 1800s. It is unmarked.
The plate is in great condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. A stray dot of blue paint (under the glaze) and stilt marks original to the making. Minor utensil wear consistent with age. The winsome image is delightful, a throwback to a much simpler time. It is amazing that this plate was made for a child so long ago!
Mugs and 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 19th century. A lovely addition to your ABC transferware collection.