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"The Dam and Water Works Philadelphia" Transferware Plate

"The Dam and Water Works Philadelphia" Transferware Plate


Staffordshire transferware plate by Henshall & Co. (Henshall, Williamson & Co.), circa 1825.


Dimensions: Approximately 10” diameter.



The border is decorated with a pattern of fruits and flowers.


The central scene is of a side wheel early steamboat on the Schuylkill River before the Philadelphia waterworks dam. To the left of the dam, is the canal lock by-passing the dam.


The reverse bears the name “The Dam and Water Works Philadelphia” within a printed cartouche.


The image is based upon the 1824 print “View of the Dam and Water Works at Fair Mount, Philadelphia” by Thomas Birch.


A second version of this pattern features a stern wheel steamboat instead of the side wheeler.



“American Historical Views on Staffordshire China” by Larsen.


“Historical Staffordshire: American Patriots and Views” by Snyder.


Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage.

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