The purchase of two pearlware children’s plates at an antiques show sent me on a Google rampage of many hours. The plates feature a cat and a dog, along with a nursery rhyme depicting the cat in a position of superiority! What a clever cat, I thought. How unusual to have a cat featured on a piece of English pottery from the first third of the 19th century. It was easy to figure out the date of the plates, as a Clews mark (1813-1834) is clearly impressed on the back.
|Dame Trot Nursery Plate, c. 1825|
|Dame Trot Close-up|
|Clews Mark found on the back of Dame Trot plate|
|Old Dame Trot Nursery Rhyme book, 1820|
|Page copied by Clews to use on Old Dame Trot plate|
The plate seen here illustrates the rhyme "Another time the Dame came in,/When Spot demurely sat,/Half lather'd to the ears and eyes,/Half shaven by the Cat." The source print for the plate is found above. So far, there are five different "Dame Trot" plates in the TCC database, along with their source prints.