Mid 19th century Staffordshire pottery cup plate with a poem entitled "Against Lying" in black surrounded by a wreath of leaves and flowers. The plate itself also has a border of molded leaves and flowers very like the one in the transfer. The poem is by Isaac Watts (1674- 1748) English minister and hymn author from his book of poems "Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children":
O 'tis a lovely thing for youth
To walk betimes in wisdom's way;
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say!
But liars we can never trust,
Tho' they should speak the thing thats true.
And he who does one fault at first
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
This topic never goes out of style, does it? The plate measures 4 1/2" in diameter and is in very good condition with a fine hairline crack at about 9 o'clock as shown in the photos, o/w near mint condition. A cup plate is a small ornamental plate, used to hold a cup after the hot beverage had been poured into a deep saucer for cooling and drinking.
19th C. Poem / Moral Cup Plate "Against Lying"