WEDGWOOD Historical Plate c.1893: Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

WEDGWOOD Historical Plate c.1893
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
A Wedgwood "Queensware" (earthenware) plate featuring a view of north façade of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA. Issued in 1893 to mark the 150th anniversary of the building 1743-1893. The wings shown here on either side of the main hall were demolished in 1898, replaced with reconstructions of the original wings that had been demolished in 1812.
The plate's central view appears to be taken from a Calendar tile. Wedgwood manufactured many such tiles, and frequently used the same engraving to decorate other objects, including plates and pitchers. The border is a modified "Talbot border", taken from the Wedgwood dinner service called "Talbot". (This border probably has another name. If any eBayer knows for sure, please let me know!) Wedgwood employed several highly skilled engravers to create the transfers for these plates, and you can see the quality of their work in the building details.
This plate was produced by Wedgwood, for Jones, McDuffee and Stratton (JM&S) of Boston. (See their "Sole Importers" logo, upper right.) Wedgwood produced many such items exclusively for JM&S, beginning with a calendar tile in 1881. During the 1880's and 1890's, JM&S produced a large selection of historical plates such as this, experimenting with different
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