American Historical Staffordshire

American Historical StaffordshireIn the early 19th century, the young United States of America grew in population. Agriculture and maritime trade, rather than manufacturing, were the mainstay of the economy.  Proud of their independence and eager to display visible symbols to express their national pride, Americans imported ceramics decorated with images that were tangible tokens of their patriotism.  It was in this climate that Staffordshire potters found a niche market for transferware decorated with American themes. This grouping from the Routson Collection is of primarily American theme pieces and was seen during the 2017 TCC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

The TCC hosts the website “Patriotic America, Blue Printed Pottery Celebrating a New Nation” where you can learn much more about this highly collectible category of transferware: