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Alphabet Wares


Sukeek's Cabin (18CV426)
c. 1870-1920

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Whole alphabet plate showing what the Sukeeks Cabin plate would have looked like - private collection. Sukeeks Cabin alphabet plate pieces.
Complete example of "Bears with Cubs"
plate, part of the Wild Animals Series
produced by Brownhills and Company
(1872-1896).
Fragments of a "Bear with Cubs" alphabet
plate found at 18CV426. Registry mark
on reverse, with code for date of
September 29, 1882.
Fragments of a "Bear with Cubs" showing
registry mark on reverse, with code for
date of September 29, 1882.

Bull's Head Tavern (18BC139)
Feature 9, Privy
1800-1830


Harford Furnace (18HA148)
1830s-1880s


Addison Plantation (18PR175)

Rim of a plate with molded alphabet letters and dark green bands setting off alphabet. The wave-like pattern along the outer rim is known as a vitruvian scroll.
Rim of a plate with molded alphabet letters
and dark green bands setting off alphabet.
The wave-like pattern along the outer rim
is known as a vitruvian scroll.
This molded rim plate was a surface find,
so it can only be dated to the 1830s-1880s
occupation span of the site.

Rim of a plate with molded alphabet letters
and a small trace of underglaze printing at the
lower left hand portion of the sherd.

This plate was recovered in an area just south of the plantation manor house. It was most likely associated with the tenure of either Thomas O. Berry (1812-1854)
or Thomas E. Berry (1854-1878).


Burslem


Private Collections
 

Biscuit fired alphabet plate showing letters prior to glazing. Biscuit fired alphabet plate showing letters prior to glazing.       
Biscuit fired alphabet plate showing letters
prior to glazing.
This 7.25" diameter plate, in the "Titmouse" pattern, was produced by the British firm
Brownhills and Company (1872-1896). It is an example of alphabet plates of the
1870s to 1890s that followed design elements of the Aesthetic Movement.
Printed registry
mark for the"Titmouse" pattern shown on the right.

Private Collections
 

D. E. McNicol,
East Liverpool, Ohio
         
A plate printed underglaze in
black with one of Benjamin Franklin's proverbs or maxims. This plate has extensive overglaze enameling in green, red, yellow and blue. Manufacturer unknown.

This 8" diameter alphabet plate has the key characteristics of wares
produced by American manufacturers beginning at the end of the nineteenth
century/early twentieth century:

  • A multi-color lithographic decal for the central design. sturdier and thicker in cross-section.
  • Vessel shape more like shallow, straight-sided bowl.
  • Alphabet printed along the flat, thick rim of the plate or along the vessel's exterior side.

 

        

Plate measuring 5.25" diameter, with impressed mark of J. & G. Meakin (1851-2000)
on reverse. This mark dates from period 1851 to 1890, (Godden 1964). This plate is
underglaze printed in black with overglaze enameling in red, blue, green and yellow.
Impressed mark of J. & G. Meakin (1851-2000) shown on the right.



Plate detail showing vitruvian scroll molded
rim motif. This wave-like motif was
commonly used with molded alphabets.
           

Complete example of "Rupert and Spot" plate, part of the Children's Clock Series produced
by Brownhills and Company (1872-1896). This series was registered in 1889.

Detail of "Rupert and Spot" plate showing careful application of overglaze enameling and printed registry mark for the
Children's Clock Series produced by Brownhills and Company (1872-1896) shown on the right.

 

                 

While most alphabet plates contained the entire alphabet molded or printed around the rim, some examples, like
this 6.25" diameter plate by an unknown manufacturer, also focused on one or two letters of the alphabet
in the central design. This plate is printed underglaze in red.

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Updated:  10/31/16

Biscuit fired alphabet plate showing letters prior to glazing.