“Upper Ferry Bridge Over the Schuylkill River” Staffordshire Platter

“Upper Ferry Bridge Over the Schuylkill River” Staffordshire Platter

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Staffordshire transferware platter by Joseph Stubbs, circa 1825.

 

Dimensions: Approximately 18¾” x 15½”.

 

Decoration:

The border is decorated with a pattern of flowers and scrolls interspersed with American eagles.

 

The central scene is of a covered bridge over the Schuylkill River. In the background are buildings and in the foreground are a boat on the river, a wagon, a carriage, a rider, and other figures.

 

The reverse bears the printed mark “Upper Ferry Bridge Over the Schuylkill River” and an impressed number “18”.

 

The Upper Ferry Bridge was designed by architect Robert Mills and constructed by Thomas Wernwag. It was erected in 1813.

 

With a span of 340 feet, it was the largest covered bridge in the United States at the time. It also used an innovated construction technique using iron bars.

 

The bridge, located at what is now Spring Garden Street, burned in 1838.

 

The building to the left of the bridge is the Harding Tavern.

 

The source is a print by William Russel Birch entitled “"The Wernwag Bridge below the Dam (The Upper Ferry Bridge)".

 

References:

“Historical Staffordshire An Illustrated Check-List” by David & Linda Arman.

 

“American Historical Views on Staffordshire China” by Larsen.

 

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

 

Condition: Minor wear from use, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.