Childs ABC Plate G H I ~ ZOO Giraffe Alphabet Adderley Staffordshire 1940
Rare Child's ABC Plate
ZOO ANIMALS GIRAFFE HORSE IBEX
Adderley & Co. Staffordshire England c 1940
This is a wonderful child's ABC or alphabet plate. Originally part of a complete child's nursery breakfast set, the creamy earthenware plate measures a perfect 7 inches in diameter. The decoration is applied in brown and colored with wisps of blue orange-red and green detailing, and green outlining on the rim. The plate features an amusing and imaginative presentation of three letters of the alphabet:
G is for GIRAFFE~~H is for HORSE~~I is for IBEX on a mountain course.
The plate was made in Longton in the Staffordshire district of England by Adderleys Ltd. as part of its Nurseryware Zoo Alphabet series. (The complete set included a feeding dish, porridge bowl, plate, juice beaker, and mug.) The series was introduced in 1939 and was made until 1947. The plate is marked with the maker's Adderleyware mark on the underside. The series is discussed and shown in the book Gifts for Good Children, 1880-1980 by Maureen Batkin.
The plate is in great condition, with no chips, cracks, repairs. Minor typical glaze crazing and firing flaws consistent with age. The plate is well potted and spotless clean, and the images are richly detailed. This great little feeding plate is a joy to behold!
Adderleys Nurseryware Zoo Alphabet piece are incredibly hard to find and quite desirable. This delicious little piece will make a fabulous complement to any collection of ABC wares.
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