This Old Transferware Brown Platter
Posted by Cindy Donahey on August 10, 2010, 9:06 am
This is somewhat damaged. I have been looking for pieces from the time The Ohio was part of Quebec Province. The French started sending various peoples to this very difficult area (some came by themselves) starting in the late 1500s. |
This is a take on blue willow, but with startling differences. There is a church with a bell tower, a house with a thatched roof, some multiple two story buildings in the background, and three different groups of men working. Two are fishing in the middle of a pond or stream with two separate streams coming into this area; one is apparently fishing from the shore (presumably carp) and the third is docking a flat bottomed boat to a wooden (I presume chestnut) docking form embedded in the soil, that looks like a rectangular gravestone witha curved top. There are eight docking forms along the shoreline in this platter and one small fence. Some of the people who came to The Ohio were nicknamed the "Dun People." They were more puritanical than the Puritans. When The Puritans banned people, these refugees were sent to certain parts of The Ohio to live with their most difficult relatives. They liked modestly colored material - blue and white in dishes would have been an affront to them. To them tan and brown were appropriate.
Has anyone seen more material like this. Because of the wooden docking posts, I presume this pitcher is early Americana rather than European, non British.
I have to go to my daughters to get pictures, but will send some if anyone is interested. There are no markings; The Dun People did not believe in advertising.