Early Child’s Pearlware Transfer Printed Plate
FROLICS OF YOUTH ~ GIRL WEARING DADDY’S BOOTS
Staffordshire, England c. 1850
This is an early child's transferware plate made of a soft paste earthenware. The sturdy ironstone plate measures 7 inches in diameter with a press molded border decorated with gothic style letters of the alphabet. The back side shows blue puddling of pearlware glaze. The rim is hand painted with a ring of black, mimicking another ring of black on the inner rim encircling the central image which is transfer printed in deep chocolate brown depicting a young girl trying on her father’s boots and saying ‘Don’t I look like Papa’.
The plate is part of the Frolics of Youth series, which is discussed at length and illustrated in Gifts for Good Children (1780-1880) written by Noel Riley and published by Richard Dennis.
The plate is unmarked. Other plates from the same series have been seen marked STONEWARE with the backstamp of Podmore Walker & Co, a pottery manufactory in the Staffordshire region of England in the early to mid1800s.
Plates like these were given as gifts for good children, for a special occasion or rewards of merit, and were also used to aid in the education of young children.
The plate is in great condition, with no chips cracks or repairs. Typical nineteenth century firing imperfections original to the making. Please send us an email with any questions or if you would like to see additional photos.