|The Bottle/Plate I/The Bottle Is Brought Out For the First Time|
|The Bottle Scene 1st by George Cruikshank, 1847|
|The Bottle/Plate VIII/The bottle has done its work - It has destroyed the infant and the mother. It has brought the son and daughter to vice and to the streets, and has left the father a hopeless maniac.|
|The Bottle Scene 8 by George Cruikshank, 1847|
Other patterns for children also used scare tactics. The Drunkard Shall Not Enter The Kingdom Of God would have been taken more literally in the 19th century than today. The all-seeing Eye of God is at the top of the pattern and the shield bears the words: Intemperance is Ireland's Bane, England's Curse, and Scotland's Woe. The Ten Commandments and the Bible are on the ground.
|Child's plate The Drunkard Shall Not Enter The Kingdom Of Heaven|
|Caution 5 inch child's plate, ca. 1830|
The 19th century saw the birth of temperance organizations that preached moderation or abstinence. Some had religious roots such at that founded by the Roman Catholic priest Father Matthew. Theobald Mathew or Matthew (1790-1856) was part of the Total Abstinence Society. The movement with which his name is associated began in 1838 and relied on one enduring act of will to keep a person sober for life. It was called simply The Pledge. It could be made by anybody, either with or without an alcohol problem. Children as young as six were recruited.
|Father Matthew Administering The Total Abstinence Pledge 6.75 inch child's plate, ca. 1840|
|Father Mathew The Great Advocate Of Temperance Administering The Pledge/May God Bless You & Grant You Strength & Grace To Keep Your Promise|
|Band Of Hope Brotherhood/Fortitude Perseverance/Never No Never 5.9 inch child's plate/The boy or young man stands beside a table and resists both drink and pipe. He is surrounded by a life preserver.|
|Band Of Hope/The Mountain Rill/How Pleasant On A Sunny Day/To Rest Beside The Brook/And Watch The Ripples As They Play/Down In Some Shady Nook/ 7.75 inch child's plate/Most likely advocating the purity of mountain water and childhood!|
|Band Of Hope 7.5 inch child's plate/The signs on the wall say: No Drunkard Can Enter Heaven, Remember The Sabbath Day And Keep It Holy, Band Of Hope, and No Alcohol/ Children were encouraged to enlist their parents in the Movement|
Transferware Collectors Club Pattern and Source Print Database has dozens of temperance related patterns. I have shown you a few of them. Some of the patterns are historically interesting, some are inappropriate for today's children, and some are both. One of my favorite inappropriate patterns is an alphabet plate that uses a drunkard to illustrate and teach the letter D. I would have chosen a dog.
|A 7 inch child's plate with a molded border that says Keep Holy the Sabbath Day along with the printed D Was a Drunkard And had a red face on the center/An odd representation for the letter D!|