Rare Early Childs Transferware 4-color Plate
Staffordshire England c1840
This is an early child's transferware plate, circa 1840. Octagonal in shape, measuring 6-1/4 inches in diameter with a scalloped rim and press moulded floral border. A purple transfer printed central image is encircled with four hand colored flower pots in yellow blue purple and green. The plate is finished with light pearlware glaze. The central image is a rare depiction of the beloved nursery rhyme HUMPTY DUMPTY and recites the verse:
HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the kings horses and all the kings men could put Humpty Dumpty together again.
The plate shows 4 soldiers picking up a broken egg outside the castle wall. The rhyme was said to have had political overtones in the day.
The plate is quite scarce, desirable children and adults alike. It was made in the Staffordshire potting district in England in the early to mid-19th century. Plates like this were made to be given as gifts or rewards of merit, and used to aid in the education of youngsters, and would have been a lucky child’s plate for mealtime. A naive and simple throwback to a much simpler time in early childhood!
The plate is in very good condition, with a couple of tiny flea bites on the edge, no other chips, cracks, or repairs. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. It has underglaze rim chips kiln fleck, there is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Almost no signs of usage. Offered as is, as shown.