Amazing Green English Transferware ~ Millennium Pattern – Peace on Earth ~ Staffordshire England 1830’s – 1870’s
It is important to know that the word "Millennium" is misspelled on the plate! This pattern was extremely popular and was found all over the United States. He stated that the maker is probably Ralph Stevenson & Son (R.S. & S.), as some plates marked with these letters were noted in the possession of someone named Janet Ehnes. He also mentions that pieces are found with the Hill & Henderson, Importers, New Orleans mark. Hill & Henderson were the main importer for the Davenport factory in the Mid-West. Without an example of the maker's mark, all was conjecture until a plate with a Stevenson mark was found. The symbolism of the pattern is discussed by Rev. H.W. Hartman in LaidackerI1940 Vol. I pp. 50-51. The word "Millennium" comes from the Latin "mille" meaning thousand and "annus" meaning year. It refers to the second coming of Christ who would rule for a thousand years before the Last Judgment. At the top of the plate is the all-seeing eye of God. Below is the Bible opened to Isaiah's prophecy, Ch.XI:6: "The wolf also shall dwell with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them". This describes the scene in the center of the plate. The dove and the olive branch are symbolic of "Peace on Earth" which is written below them. The man beneath the scene of the child and lion is a follower of Christ reciting the "Lord's Prayer", which includes "Give us this day our daily bread". The lush fruit, flowers, and sheaves of grain in the border symbolize the fertility of nature that will abound during the Millennium. Description from Transferware Collectors Club. This piece is in excellent condition with not chips or cracks. IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE EARTHENWARE IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
Backstamp: Millenium impressed starburst
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