Commemorative Denby Dale Pie Plate 1928
This printed ironstone plate dates to the year 1928. Made and sold as a fund raising commemorative for the local infirmary, the plate measures 9 1/2" across. It hails from the village of Denby Dale in Yorkshire UK, a village made famous for the local bakery that bakes giant prize pies, a tradition first started in 1788. This particular plate -- the Infirmary Pie -- raised money to endow a cot at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. The pie was 16 feet long, 5 feet wide and 15 inches deep. The plate celebrates this momentous occasion.
Both the lettering and decorative advertising illustration is transfer-printed in black and underneath the glaze. An amusing image to celebrate an amusing event. Also an imaginative decorative accessory for a kitchen or bakery ironstone collection.
The plate maker is unknown. It is marked HG/DD, could be the maker or the retials. DD perhaps stands for Denby Dale. Surely hailing from one of the northern potteries of York or possibly `imported' from Staffordshire where many Victorian pottery firms made commercial advertising wares, made to order for shop-fitters and retailers. A sturdy plate meant for heavy duty baking use and easily adaptable to a country kitchen or a contemporary cheese shop or bakery.
The plate is in great condition as shown with no chips cracks or repairs. Light wear to the rims as expected with age and prior use. A few stray dots of underglaze blue paint, original to the making. The workmanship is similar to early ironstone plumbing fittings, meant to be durable. The transfers are distinct and the inclusion of a gigantic pie advert is very uncommon. A great example, offered as is.
This display plate will hold pie and baked goods or complete a stunning collection. Very popular with the American market today although made for the purely local English trade.