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Glazed earthenware plate molded into a circular form with a shallow well and wide, flat, scalloped rim, decorated in transfer printed purple. The central reserve depicts John Adams at the Second Continental Congress, proposing George Washington as Commander in Chief, after John Ward Dunsmore. Below the central image are the words: “John Adams proposing Washington / for Commander - in - Chief of / the American Army”. The rim features four reserves with c-scrolls enclosing a floral spray, alternating with four pairs of roses on a dark purple ground.


c. 1932



Earthenware, transfer printed


Overall: 7/8 in. × 10 1/2 in. (2.22 cm × 26.67 cm)


Gift of the G. Kimball Corbin Family, 2015


Printed on the obverse, bottom center, under glaze: "John Adams proposing Washington / for Commander - in - Chief of / the American Army"
Printed on the reverse, under glaze: a badge of C-scrolls, acanthus, and bellflowers: “George Washington / Bicentenary / Memorial / Plates / 1732-1932 / First in War / First in Peace / First in the Hearts of His Countrymen”. Below the badge is a crown above the words “Crown Ducal / England”.

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