ANTIQUE CHILDS ALPHABET ABC PLATE
DING DONG BELL
BROWNHILLS POTTERY CO ~ Staffordshire England ~ c. 1880
This small 6 1/2" alphabet plate has a crisp image transfer printed in rich dark bittersweet chocolate brown with great color polychrome hand painting in cobalt blue and bright green.
In addition to the entire ABC alphabet transfer with the classic Brownhills decorative transfer, this plate has a central image of the classic Nursery Rhyme:
The origins of this nursery rhyme date back to the 16th century and the era of Shakespeare who used the phrase "Ding Dong Bell" in several plays. The original lyrics of "Ding Dong Bell" actually ended with the cat being left to drown! These words were modified and the cat was saved by 'Little Tommy Stout' to encourage children to understand that it was unacceptable and cruel to harm any animal 'who ne'er did any harm'. The rhyme taught morality at an early age.
This transfer, rarely seen on the market, will be a special abc plate in your collection.
Condition is excellent. Clean and bright.
Plates like these were given as gifts to children on special occasions and were used as educational tools, as well. A lovely addition to your ABC collection.
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