Rare Transferware Map Plate
Jersey Channel Islands
Au Paradis des Touristes c1880
This transfer printed plate, with a map of Jersey in the Channel Islands. The map is printed in black, measures 8 inches in diameter, transfer printed in black on an ironstone blank.
The plate was made for and sold by Au Paradis Des Touristes, a French jewelry and gift shop at 63 King Street, St Helier on Jersey, selling d'Articles Anglais. (A photo of the shop’s advertising ephemera is shown for reference only.) No date of production is indicated and there is no maker's mark except for impressed numerals 8-81. The details on the map also suggest an approximate date of 1880-1881.
It is uncertain whether the plate was made in England or in France. The Channel Islands, an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies within the English Channel, are situated just off the French coast of Normandy. The Channel Islands include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey within the English Channel. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, are not part of the United Kingdom, both administered separately since the late 13th century.
The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. These early ironstone map plates of UK and British dependencies are highly prized souvenirs and historically accurate road maps.