Historical Staffordshire ~ Union Line ~ Dark Blue Transferware Plate C1830 Nr
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Historical Staffordshire ~ Union Line ~ Dark Blue Transferware Plate C1830 Nr:
Enoch Wood & Sons Historical Staffordshire Dark Blue Transferware Plate c1830
~ The 'UNION LINE' Steamboat with Three American Flags ~
2 1/4" high ~ about 2 5/8" across the lip
A good example of Enoch Wood & Sons irregular border with shells in dark blue transferware showing the steamship, a smaller boat and four people on shore. The border has a variety of large seashells and leaves that form a grotto effect to the main scene. The transfers are nice and sharp and have good contrast.
The Union Line transfers are discussed in Ellouise Larsen's 'American Historical Views on Staffordshire China' on page 11, this transfer is also found on a fruit bowl.
In excellent condition with no major flaws save some crazing and staining to the back of the plate, the front doesn't seem to show any of the discoloration and is a vibrant cobalt blue. There are very minor surface scratches if tilted in the right light but overall the plate has very glossy pearlware glaze, the bright white patches seen above are light reflections.
Steamboats became very
popular themes on historical Staffordshire after
Robert Fulton launched his
steamboat the Claremont in
The Union Line provided cargo and passenger services between Philadelphia and New York City. The steamship was owned by the Union Line, a company formed in 1820.
Colonel John Stevens and his sons of Hoboken,New Jersey managed the Union Line. One of the sons, Edwin A. Stevens, founded and endowed Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. In 1832, the Union Line was sold to the Camden & Amboy Railroad Company.
The back of the plate has the circular Enoch Wood mark with eagle and shield, an impressed 'L' and a printed blue mark I can't make out.
The yellowish staining would probably lift out with professional cleaning.
for looking, !
Please see the other English / Historical Staffordshire / porcelain / pottery / soft paste / pearlware / creamware I have listed.
The size of the plate is 10" in diameter (not 2 1/4" high as stated above!!)