EARLY MINIATURE ABC PLATE
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1840
This is a very small 4 1/4 " child's transferware Alphabet plate , circa 1840. The plate is very light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze.
The ABC plate has the entire alphabet impressed around the border with the letter Z placed backwards. It is transfer printed in dark brown with lovely scrolling surrounding the name " HENRY ".
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Plates like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the early to mid-19th century. The images were taken from copperplate engravings used in children's books of the same period.
The condition of this rare sized ABC name plate is excellent. Clean and bright with no wear. Nicely potted with a good deal of attention to detail.
Children's early alphabet plates of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. The images are delightful, a throwback to a much simpler time. The plate will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes.
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