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This pretty plate was made by the famous firm of Josiah Wedgwood in Staffordshire, England. It’s made of the cream colored earthenware Wedgwood named “Queen’s Ware.” The transfer print in pink pictures Monticello, the plantation of Thomas Jefferson located outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. The central engraving is surrounded by a floral border edged in beading. The plate was made as a promotional piece for the Charlottesville Hardware Company.
There are two marks printed in pink on the reverse. One is the Wedgwood mark with Etruria and Barlaston that was used between the years 1940 and 1974 (in 1974, the © symbol was added). The other is for Jones, McDuffee and Stratton Company of Boston, importers who placed the orders for pictorial souvenirs on behalf of American businesses. They ceased business in 1960, which means this plate dates from the 20 year span of 1940-1960.
The plate measures 10 3/4 inches across and is in very good condition. There is crazing both front and back and one glaze pop on the reverse, but no scratches, cracks, chips or discolorations. It’s a lovely collector’s plate and a decorative piece of history.