Lovely unmarked early Staffordshire plate with a blue transfer design of a milkmaid with her pail in a field with horned cattle and a rustic building, very pastoral and pretty. The plate is in the style of Alcock but is completely unmarked, it has a plain creamy ground with no embellishment other than the central scene and a floral border pattern, and measures 8 1/2" diameter. Probably produced by one of the many small potteries that proliferated in the Staffordshire area of England in the 19th Century, the simplicity of the design and lack of marking all suggest an early piece from around the early 1800's. The bottom of the plate has a star craze in the glaze only (see photos) and there are some kiln specks and overall fine crazing to the front, but no chips, cracks or other significant damage, lovely early plate to add to a collection.
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