Thank you for getting back to me. Good question!
I was in the process of researching American transfer-printed earthenware in general when I came across the Cape Coast Castle platter. Compared with other examples, it seemed an anomaly. Then I discovered the other two… Enoch Wood was a known Abolitionist and I wondered why he chose these images. Although 19th century collectors’ publications do mention the Cape Coast Castle platter, they don’t unpack the imagery, and although I know what it was ‘about’, it would have been interesting to read a period interpretation. I have found no mention of the other two.
In an ideal world, I would discover that at least one of these pieces first belonged to someone (or their family) who had served in the African Slave Trade Patrol. I realize that is unlikely to happen and am interested in any other information relating to ownership. There is quite a lot of material out there that can be brought to bear on the Cape Coast Castle platter, much less that relates to the other two, neither of which I have found in a museum collection.
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