Cup plates were a very necessary tea time item "in the day". When enjoying a cup of tea, it was common to stir the milk & sugar in a cup, then poor it into the saucer for sipping. (It was "polite", too!). The cup plate was the way to keep the table surface or covering dry and stain free.
The romantic Staffordshire transfer pattern depicts a scene with figures floating in a boat (mid pattern) and surrounded by a typical background building and landscape. The foreground shows a series of stairs with a statue (that appears oriental) at the base of the handrail.
This one was produced in 1875 by Podmore, Walker & Co of Tunstall, Staffordshire, England.
The date is exact, thanks to the registered British mark on the back.
Both top and bottom sides have "stilt marks" which are part of the firing process. The plates were glazed and once dry, they were stacked to conserve space in the kiln. The only problem was, once glaze is fired it melts and the entire stack would stick together and to the floor of the kiln. That is why various sized "stilts" (tripods) were used. It caused what appear to be small sand marks or divots (depends on how much glaze pooled around the point of contact). The three stilt tips are just below the inner rim trim on the top and right "on" the foot on the reverse. One of the underneath ones had a substantial amount of glaze pool around the foot on one tip of the stilt, thus there is a divot (looks like a chip, but is not) on the rim that is equal distant with the other two.
We make every effort to describe items as accurately as possible. Stilt marks are not considered damage.
As this cup plate is earthenware (marked stone ware) there are fine glaze lines as are expected with items of this age. (Porcelain does not have this, but pearl ware, "stone" ware and early earthenwares do.) It is common and not unexpected in an item that is 133 years old!
There are no breaks, chips or hair line cracks.
4" diameter (10cm)
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