EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE PLATE
BAND OF HOPE ~ SIGNING
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1850
This is a 6 1/4 " child's transfer plate , circa 1850. The plate is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze. A very early example with a press moulded border of a chain of flowers and foliage.
It is transfer printed in black with a scene of children " Signing The Pledge ".
The Band of Hope was a Temperance organization for children founded in 1847. The members had to `sign the pledge' and promise to abstain from all alcoholic drinks. All members took a pledge of total abstinence and were taught the "evils of drink". Members were enrolled from the age of six and met once a week to listen to lectures and participate in activities.
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 plate is excellent. Clean and bright with no chips, no cracks, no hairlines and no repairs. Nicely potted and the transfers were applied with a good deal of attention to detail. 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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