Vermont Wedgwood Pink Historical China Plate
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This pretty plate was made by the famous firm of Josiah Wedgwood in Staffordshire, England. Made of the cream colored earthenware Wedgwood named "Queen's Ware," the transfer print is in pink. This dished plate commemorates the completion and dedication in 1891 of the Bennington Battle Monument, the year that was also Vermont's Centennial. We were fortunate to locate the original 1891 booklet that describes the creation of the original commemorative plate; it is archived in the Bennington Museum, which owns two of these plates, identical in every way except that they are decorated in flow blue. The following quote describes this plate, which was ordered and sold by the Bennington firm of Oatman and Wood, who also published the booklet:
"In the border are six commemorative vignettes, interwoven with American Beauty roses and leaves. These vignettes show the old Walloomsac Inn, built in 1766; the old Catamount Tavern, built in 1767; the Ethan Allen House, the Court house and the old First Church; the old State Arms House; the Vermont Soldiers' Home and the bronze Catamount Monument. The center of the plate is occupied by the Bennington Battle Monument. Two medallions---on the right and the left of the Monument--give strikingly life-like portraits of Gen, John Stark...and Col. Ethan Allen."
These plates were offered at that time for $1.50, packed and shipped anywhere in the United States.
According to information printed on the back, the plate was made as a promotional piece for JAMES WOOD (of Oatman and Wood) BENNINGTON, VERMONT. Other information on the back concerns the Battle of Bennington and has a quote from General John Stark, leader of the battle. There are two marks printed in pink on the reverse. One is the name Wedgwood along with Etruria, England, which dates the plate prior to 1908, when "Made in England" was added; there is also an impressed code beginning with the number 3, which Wedgwood began using in 1907. This pinpoints the date of manufacture to 1907 or 1908. The other stamped mark is for Jones, McDuffee and Stratton Company of Boston, importers who placed the orders for pictorial souvenirs on behalf of American businesses.
The plate measures 9 3/4 inches across, weighs one pound and is in excellent condition, with no scratches, cracks, chips and faint discoloration to the back. It's a lovely collector's plate and a decorative piece of history.