Child's Transferware ABC Alphabet Plate
MONTHS of the YEAR ~~ JULY
Staffordshire, England ~ c.1850
This fabulous early ABC plate, 6 1/8" in diameter with a crisp image transfer printed in a rich brownish-black with hand clobbering in yellow, red, and green. There is twisted rope motif around the rim. The central image features the month of July, depicted as a young man resting in a crevice of a tree surrounded by lush leaves, vines and summer flora -- a perfect depiction of the lazy days of summer! Enhancing the plate even more if the addition of the alphabet around the rim, making this a truly splendid piece.
The plate made as part of a series featuring the 12 months and 4 seasons of the year. The central image, with a different border, is shown in the book Gifts for Good Children written by Noel Riley and published by Richard Dennis. The plate resembles children's wares hailing from the Staffordshire region, but according to the author, it is likely that it was made by Anthony Scott in Sunderland. The plate has no maker's mark.
Plates and mugs with images like this were made in the early to mid-19th century to be given as gifts for a special occasion or rewards of merit, and were used to aid in the education of young children.
The plate is in very good condition. A tiny fleabite on the rim between "L" and "M", and tight age line between "Q" and "R", and no chips, cracks or repairs. Overall crazing, and a darkened spider craze line on the back side only, consistent with age. The plate displays beautifully and is a fine throwback to a much simpler time in the history of children's education. The imaginative and intricate detailing would captivate any modern day child, too!
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