A rare American Historical Staffordshire Plate showing Washington, D.C. from the Cities Series by James & Ralph Clews, c. 1825-30. The image shows the city of Washington, from the Virginia side of the Potomac River (from what is now probably the city of Arlington). There is a horse and rider in the foreground and a couple of boats on the river. The mountains in the distance are someone's imagination! The plate has a floral border and measures 7 ¾" in diameter. It is marked with a blue cartouche ("Washington").
The plate has strong blue color and a crisp transfer. There are no chips, but there is a hairline crack at about 6:30 on the clock: it runs in from the edge about 1 ½" and then makes a faint "T" at the foot ring. The hairline is visible on both sides but does not detract and does not threaten the integrity of the plate. This plate does not come along very often.