Wednesday, June 22, 2011

American Poets Transferware Plate + a Winner!

By now, you all know that transferware and poetry are two of my favorite things, so what could be better than a transfer printed plate featuring seven amazing poets?

This plate depicts some of America's most noted poets.  It is a commission by Rowland and Marcellus, who were importers operating out of  New York as early as 1860 though were most prosperous between 1893 and 1938.  They specialized in souvenir wares.  Often referred to as R & M, the firm commissioned with numerous Staffordshire potteries the making of plates, platters, pitchers and other wares for the American market implementing the use of their own backstamp.  So, while pieces are marked with the country of origin (England or Made in England) they were simultaneously marked with either an R & M or Rowland and Marcellus stamp, and sometimes even the name of the specific retailer.   Many of the scenes depicted on R & M pieces are historical in nature, specifically American.  They acted both as retailer and wholesaler distributing to higher end shops throughout the country.  Collectors tend to favor blue and white pieces and plates with rolled edges.

I've included one of my favorite quotes from each author and a close up of their portraits on the plate.


Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air. 

~Oliver Wendell Holmes~


Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. 

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.

~John Greenleaf Whittier~

Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances. 

~James Russell Lowell~

Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully. 

~William Cullent Bryant~

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

~Edgar Allen Poe~

And now, the winner of the Shabby Apple dress, chosen via is:
Comment #9 from

Pauline Milner said...

At the Shabby Apple store, I adore the MING dress.
I will send you an email, please contact me within one week to claim your lovely dress.

p/s Is anyone else having trouble uploading photos via Blogger?

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  1. Oh that is a wonderful see, that one is like the ones I posted about how I can't get rid of them...this one is a Keeper!!

  2. Nancy, I always see something here that I have never seen before -- I love it!! Joni

  3. Love poetry too. I just finished teacher junior English-all about American Authors and Poets. Fun stuff. Cool plate

  4. Hi Nancy, I love the daydreaming quote!
    Yes, i'm having mega trouble trying to post and it won't let me. I've 2 photos in the post, but it's nothing without them. Been trying for 3 days now, it's trying!

  5. This plate is great love the old poets faces how victorian looking whiskers and all LOl

    I just read the book My favorite poems by Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis written by Caroline Kennedy

    You have beautiful china

    I like Henry Longfellows quote

  6. The quotes and portraits took me back...I have a degree in Enlish. Thank you for sharing your plate. Cherry Kay

  7. So, how much does a plate like this cost? Are there other poet plates (American)? Lori L

  8. Oh, boy! You are right .. the perfect plate for a plate and poetry lover! Enjoyed the quotes, too. Have a great week!

  9. What a wonderful plate. It's truly an amazing piece. It's great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Perfect post Nancy to honor the 4th. of July. I love this very special transfer plate! I have books and always loved Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe and Willian Cullent Bryant, was the name of my HS in Queens, NY. Thank you for sharing these. Happy 4th. of July. Hugs, FABBY

  11. Hi Nancy, I did not realize that the Supreme Court Justice OW Holmes' father was a famous poet! This is such an interesting piece and I wonder how the maker came to choose these particular men? Thank you for an interesting post! Linda

  12. What a very interesting plate, love blue & white transferware,


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