Historical Plates

By mwilcox


It might seem strange, but the country that was the largest producer of pottery depicting American heroes of the Revolution, their homes and famous land marks was the one that lost the war. From the early 1800s to the 1950s, English potteries churned out thousands of transferware plates depicting scenes of post-Colonial America. The ones we’re most likely to run into today, though tend to date from the late 19th century, made to order for American wholesalers.

One of the well-known makers of these plates was the famous firm of Wedgwood, American View plates were made by Wedgwood from 1895 until at least the 1950s. One wholesaler of such plates was Jones, McDuffee & Stratton of Boston, which listed themselves as “the largest wholesale and retail crockery, china and glassware establishment in the country.” Catalogs of the company dating back to 1910 list 78 popular titles of these Wedgwood historical plates that could be purchased, but it is estimated that as many as 300 different views were published by Wedgwood. Compared to their peak of value in the late 1980s to early 1990s, demand for plates of this type has diminished in recent years. In the current market these Wedgwood plates retail in the $50-$120 range depending on the subject depicted.