With their economy struggling shortly after the Revolutionary War, the British began targeting America as a market by offering dinnerware depicting historical landmarks, the expansion of the West and patriotic scenes. English potters began producing turkey themed wares for the American market circa 1870, shortly after Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November to be the nation's official Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
Here's the same Royal Cauldon platter but in blue polychrome. You can pick this up on Ebay right now for $800. So see, mine is a bargain!
Last year, I shared some of the turkey pieces at my shop in this post: Talking Turkey and Transferware
Famous potters such as Ridgway, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood produced beautiful Flow Blue Turkey Platters. These rarely start below $500 and usually go for $700-1200! Yikers. Beautiful though!
This Royal Doulton platter realized $700 at auction.
Same with this one by Ridgway
I know for a fact that Mrs. Maison Decor wants a purple turkey transferware platter, but this one is a goner (sold before I knew her!)
and I bet she would like this purple turkey plate to.
Green isn't a color you see very often either.
One of my favorite tablescapers, The Tablescaper, posted yesterday about turkey plates and platters and was so sweet to mention my Romantic Homes feature. Thank you for the shout out! Click the link above and you can see her post full of turkey transferware. She is sharing some beautiful pieces that she found at Brimfield. She sets some of the most gorgeous tables I've seen, including this one set for Thanksgiving with blue turkey transferware. See the entire table HERE Tell her I sent you over!
Another favorite blogger of mine, and a customer from my Ebay days, Delores at Vignette Design did a post on turkey plates as well. You don't want to miss that one either.