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English Staffordshire Transferware Child’s ABC Clock Teaching Plate, Brown



From Staffordshire, England, a Children’s teaching plate, circa 1880-1900. This charming ABC plate is printed in a dimensional, geometric fan pattern, showing the entire alphabet, numbers one through fifty-two for the fifty-two weeks in a year, the twelve months of the year, and a clock face. During meal times, a child might learn his ABC’s, the calendar, and how to tell time. ABC plates were given to children to be used as educational tools, as gifts for special occasions, or as a reward for good behavior. Perfect as a birth gift or displayed in a nursery. This example is printed with a chocolate brown transfer on an off white ground. Marked Staffordshire, England with a Rd. No. Measures: 7.5 in. diameter x 1 in. height In very good antique condition with the expected light wear


  • Creator
    Staffordshire (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Diameter: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
  • Style
    Aesthetic Movement (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In very good antique condition with the expected light wear.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1758222794972

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About the Manufacturer


Thanks to its reserves of clay, lead, salt and coal, Staffordshire, England, has been a center for ceramics since the early 17th century. The county was home at one time to hundreds of pottery workshops and as many as 4,000 bottle-shaped kilns that operated year-round. The term “Staffordshire Potteries” refers to the industrial area of Stoke-on-Trent — comprising the towns Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall — where most of the production was concentrated. In 1720, potter John Astbury discovered that he could make what would later be called creamware by adding ground flint powder to the local red clay. Because resources were so plentiful in Staffordshire, local potters could afford to experiment, working to refine their techniques and designs. One such innovator was Thomas Whieldon, an important 18th-century potter known today for his tortoiseshell ware, whose brilliant glazed surface of caramel, yellow and green hues was made with copper and manganese compounds. Whieldon operated the Fenton Low workshop, making coffee- and teapots, dinner services and even ornamental knife hafts. He was an influential figure: Josiah Spode apprenticed at the workshop, and Josiah Wedgwood partnered with Whieldon for five years before establishing his eponymous firm in 1759. Wedgwood is perhaps the best known of the Staffordshire potters. The firm produced a line of light-colored earthenware for Queen Charlotte, who liked it so much that she granted permission to market it under the moniker Queen’s Ware, which despite the name, was designed for everyday use. In the same regal vein, in 1773, Wedgwood created the 954-piece Frog service for Catherine the Great, of Russia. The company is also known for its black stoneware, Black Basalt, which imitates the color and shapes of Etruscan vases; Jasperware, with its classical reliefs applied on the unglazed body; and pearlware. By the end of the 18th century, Staffordshire was the primary producer of ceramics for the American colonies, even creating patriotic wares celebrating independence for this market. The imagery on Staffordshire ceramics became more standardized the mid-18th century with the advent of transferware, in which a design etched on a copper plate is printed on tissue paper, which is then used to transfer the wet ink onto the ceramic surface. This technique enabled artisans to decorate their wares with complex scenes that wrapped around an object’s surface and make several copies of popular patterns. The Staffordshire potters also produced decorative figurines, such as this charming pair of cows dating from the 19th century. Particularly popular in Great Britain were pieces with hunting imagery, such as this George IV porcelain stirrup cup in the shape of a fox head wearing a gilt collar inscribed with the word “Tallyho.” Among the many whimsical vessels produced is this mid-19th-century frog mug. The exterior is painted with a charming scene of people picking fruit on one side and ladies on a garden swing on the other side, while inside a molded frog’s head at the bottom of the mug makes a gurgling sound when the the beverage has been almost completely consumed.
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