PEARLWARE CHILDRENS ALPHABET ABC PLATE
THE DOG IN THE MANGER
BROWNHILLS POTTERY CO
Staffordshire England ~ 1880
This 8 " plate has a crisp image transfer printed in rich chocolate brown with fabulous color polychrome hand painting, clobbering in shades of red, cobalt blue and soft green. In addition to the entire ABC alphabet transfer with the classic Brownhills decorative transfer, this plate has a central image of a dog upon the straw in a Manger being surprised by an Ox.
The Dog in the Manger ~ A Dog looking out for its afternoon nap jumped into the Manger of an Ox and lay there cozily upon the straw. But soon the Ox, returning from its afternoon work, came up to the Manger and wanted to eat some of the straw. The Dog in a rage, being awakened from its slumber, stood up and barked at the Ox, and whenever it came near attempted to bite it. At last the Ox had to give up the hope of getting at the straw, and went away muttering:
The moral is: "People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves."
Condition is very good. Clean and bright with no wear. Three short lines to the rear which are not seen from the front. A rare and impossible plate to find in any condition.
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.