Child's Transfer Printed ABC Advertising Plate N. CURRIER LITHOGRAPHER 2 Spruce Street, New York
W. Adams and Sons Tunstall Staffordshire England c. 1968
This is a delightful childs transferware alphabet or ABC plate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Nathanial Currier's printshop on Spruce Street in New York City. The shop opened in 1838 and the plate dates to 1968, 130 years after. It is an exact reproduction of an original advertising plate that was made, probably as a marketing giveaway when the shop first opened its doors. Nathaniel Currier was the predecessor to Currier & Ives, the famous lithographers and popular commercial printers,
The plate is transfer printed in black with the entire alphabet surrounding the perimeter, intertwined with vines and a gadrooned edge.
The central legend is printed in fancy typesetting is surrounded by an elaborate border and reads:
Colored ENGRAVINGS for the PEOPLE published by N. CURRIER LITHOGRAPHER 2 Spruce Street (nearly opposite the City Hall) NEW YORK. for sale HERE.
Condition is excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. Probably used for display only.
Plates and cups 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 young imaginations. Advertising ABC wares are fairly uncommon, and this one is especially collectible by fans of hard news, print media and Currier & Ives engravings and prints.