STAFFORDSHIRE AMERICAN HISTORICAL TRANSFER-PRINTED CERAMIC PLATTER, featuring the Arms of "PENNSYLVANIA", depicting a shield crested by an American eagle, flanked by horses, and adorned with state symbols including a ship, a plough, and three golden sheaves of wheat, having a ribbon below with printed "VIRTUE, LIBERTY, & INDEPENDENCE", and vine and flower border decoration. Marks to underside include printed American eagle grasping ribbon with "E PLURIBUS UNUM", impressed "20", and red hand-brushed "17.215". Thomas Mayer, Stoke, England. 1826-1838. 21" x 16".
Literature: The Armans - Historical Staffordshire, An Illustrated Check-List, p. 184, #506; Transferware Collectors Club database pattern #3759.
Catalogue Note: The Transferware Collectors Club states that the Pennsylvania Arms is currently the "rarest of all in this series, and perhaps rarest of all historical Staffordshire pieces. Only a handful of platters with this pattern are known to exist, mostly in museums."
Mostly undamaged except having a minor flake to rim underside and several scattered, mostly light scratches to front from use.
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From the David J. Baker collection, Garrison, NY.
Northeast Auctions, 3/5/2016, lot 66 (retains auction label).
Ex-collection of Chester Creutzburg & David Martin (retains collection label).
Conestoga Auction, Co., Inc., 11/4/2000, lot 703.
Ex-collection of Chris Machmer.