Child's Transferware ABC Nursery Plate
I is an Infant
Staffordshire England c. 1840
This whimsical children's transferware ABC or alphabet plate dates to early or mid-19th century. This diminutive plate measures 6” in diameter with a press moulded daisy border. The plate is transfer printed in black and embellished with polychrome confetti stippling.
The earthenware plate illustrates the letter I and the images of an Infant, Inkwell, and a statue of Icarus . The plate is finished with a line from an alphabet rhyme : I is an Infant dressed out in silk.
Superb nae imagery from a series of illustrations featuring the alphabet of nature and animals, originally published an early childs primer book.
The plate is unmarked and the exact maker is unknown. It hails from the Staffordshire region of England or possibly from Scotland or Wales.
Plates like this were made as gifts for children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the 19th century. This plate is from an alphabet series similar to those illustrated in the ceramics reference book "Gifts for Good Children” by Noel Riley published by Richard Dennis Publications. These single letter ABC plates are quite scarce and sought after by advanced collectors.
The plate was haphazardly made, which is part of the charm. Not fine china and not intended to be. It is in great overall condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Manufacturing imperfections and minor glaze crazing typical of the period. It is amazing that this little piece was made for a child so long ago! Offered as is.
The image on the plate is delightful, a real find for ABC collectors. The plate will make a great addition to your collection of ABC transferware and early children's mugs and plates.