EARLY CHILDS TIN LITHO ALPHABET ABC PLATE
The Thomas Davidson Manufacturing Co Montreal c.1890
This early tin advertising plate is a true work of art. Measuring 5 1/2" the tin metal plate has a printed transfer in rich black over brilliant forest green background, showing a great antique patina. Signed by The Thomas Davidson Mfg Co of Montreal Canada. Similar to the American Lava Soap company giveaway plates made in the same period, the entire alphabet surrounds the perimeter of the plate. Geometric designs surround the central scene of a paddle steamer. These early ships were a popular extravagance along the St. Lawrence seaway and other waterways of Canada in the day.
One of the leading tin manufacturing industry of Canada, the Thomas Davidson Mfg. Co made tin containers of all shapes and sizes during the late 1800s and early 1900s. With the advent of techniques such as lithography and enameling the company was able to produce magnificent tin containers.
Condition is very good with no bending or rusting on the front. There is light wear to the image with a couple pinhead spots of missing paint, minor utensil wear, and no signs of abuse. the piece still displays beautifully. A rare find.
The plate features not only the image of a Canadaian steamship but a location in Quebec as well. Early Canadian motifs such as the beaver or the maple leaf or a steamship on the St Lawrence provide a glimpse into Canada's past.
Plates like these were given as gifts to children as educational tools. A lovely addition to your ABC or Canadian historical collection.