Early Staffordshire Childs Pearlware Name Plate
CHRISTENING GIFT for WILLIAM
Staffordshire England c 1830
This is an early child's transferware plate, circa 1830. It measures 7-1/4 inches in diameter. Fit for a once and future King, the plate is transfer printed in sepia brown with an engraved decorative cartouche surrounding the name WILLIAM in block letters in the center of the well, encircled with a three-color red green blue moulded floral border and scalloped rim, finished with pearlware glaze. The plate is beautifully potted with decorative flourish.
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Mugs like this were made as christening presents or gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in childrens education and moral training in the early to mid-19th century.
The plate is in very good condition, as shown, with a tiny fracture and faint hairline on the rim at 3 o’clock (mostly visible from the back side) and no other chips cracks or repairs. Wear on the foot and rim commensurate with age and prior use. Typical glaze crazing and period imperfections to the transfer printed reserve. Offered as is.
A very special gift for someone named William or to celebrate the birth of the new child. Add to any collection of christening gifts and early pearlware juvenalia. An uncommon name scarcely found on christening wares of this period.
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