A rare 19thC disaster plate in memoriam of the Swaithe Main Colliery explosion - December 6th 1875.
Fully decorated in black transfer with the names of all the men lost around the rim, with a memorial tomb in the middle dedicated to the Secretary of the mine - J. Normansell, who died December 24th, 1875.
Designed and manufactured by J. Wardle & Co. Middlesbro & Stoke on Trent, with their black transfer makers mark to the underside. A lovely original example of a scarcely seen Victorian death plate.
21.5cm Diameter (8-1/2")
2.6cm Deep (1")
The plate has yellowish staining, glaze crazing and wear around the rim commensurate with age, along with some original kiln firing marks, but it is otherwise original and perfect with no chips, cracks or restoration.
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