Hingham Agricultural and Horticultural society plate
Regular price £150
A very scarcely seen piece in the UK, this Victorian white ironstone dinner plate bears the pictorial black transfer of the Hingham Agricultural and Horticultural society. Founded in 1858 by Albert Fearing in Hingham, just outside of Boston in Massachusetts, the society grew and in 1867 acquired 16 acres of land. They built a new agricultural hall for their meetings that was 100ft long and 60ft wide, it included a cook room in the basement, an exhibition space on the first floor, and a dining room for six hundred people on the second floor. Albert Fearing provided beautiful dishes for the dining room bearing this transfer, of which this plate is one. The Hall became the social center of the town, with a fireproof room in the northwest corner of the building to house the town’s books. Almost poetically, this plate was sourced not far from Hingham in Norfolk UK, the namesake of the American town where it's founding fathers were almost certainly from.
Plates were often produced in the UK for the foreign markets, with Staffordshire pottery world renowned and easily shipped abroad. It isn't known if this plate has come back from the USA or never made it to the docks to leave in the first place, but it has obviously been well used with glaze crazing and some staining, no chips or cracks though. A very unusual and decorative addition for any collection, it's still perfectly usable and would make a great fruit plate.
23.8cm Diameter (9-3/8")