A black-transfer American Historical Staffordshire Drainer from the Catskill Moss Series by William Ridgway Son & Co: Hudson City, New York, c. 1835-1840. The scene shows an uncommon view of the city of Hudson, along the river of the same name. There are people lounging on the highlands above the city and the town, including a large domed building and the river with boats can be seen in the distance. This drainer would have been used as an insert into a platter so that juices or excess liquid would drain away from what was being served. It measures 12 ¾” x 9 ¼” and the underside has 4 little knob feet. No maker’s mark nor title.
The drainer is in fine condition: except for 3 small edge chips, the piece is otherwise sound. There are no cracks, lines or restorations. The largest of the chips is in the upper left (about 10 o’clock) and measures approximately 3/8” x ¼”; the other 2, one at 1 o’clock and the other at 7 o’clock are much small.
Drainers with American views are hard to find, and if you don’t have a platter, they look great hanging on a wall.