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Dickens China Plates Set of 6

$159.00 1-set of 6
Coalport is a famous china manufactory which began in 1796 and by 1800 was Britain’s largest. These plates date from 1891 to c. 1920. The mark on the reverse of each shows the word England under the crown mark; this word was added to the mark in 1891. (The words Made in England were added circa 1920.) Coalport called this china pattern “Kings Ware.”

These 9 inch antique plates are a beautiful pale cream color. Their rims are heavily embossed with flowers and leaves and the center of each is decorated with black and white transfer prints that are hand colored in polychrome. Each shows a character from the works of Charles Dickens.
Here are the characters and the books they are featured in: Bill Sikes…from Oliver TwistCaptain Cuttle…from Dombey and SonMr. Pickwick…from The Pickwick PapersLittle Nell…from The Old Curiosity ShopMr. Micawber…from David CopperfieldMr. Peggotty…also from David Copperfield
The condition of these antique plates is superb. The glaze has the e…

Carved Painted Wood Mesoamerican Couple Folk Art Bookends

Price $59.00 The man and woman on these carved wooden bookends are Mesoamerican, possibly Incan or Mayan. They are hand-carved; the detail on them is so precise and the painting is excellent. The figures are seated on a dark-stained, 1 inch thick slab of wood. Behind each of them is a pyramid; even the building blocks are delineated. The woman is seated with her arms encircling her knees; her hair is parted in the center with two long braids down her back. The man is hunched forward with his arms crossed on his lap and is wearing a simple wrapped head covering.
Since these are hand-made, the measurements vary on the height of each bookend. The pyramid on the female one measures 5 ¾ inches high, while the one behind the male measures 5 ½ inches. The bases are 4 ¾ inches front to back and 3 ¾ inches across. The female figure is 4 ¾ inches tall and the male is 5 inches tall. Other than a stress crack across the man’s left foot they are in great condition.


Shepherd Boy and Girl Borghese Cast Plaster Figurines

$25.00 This charming pair of figurines was made by Niepold’s, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which started production in the early 1900’s. Their Borghese line was made of cast plaster, which we often see described as chalkware or plaster of Paris. After the figurines were molded, they were painted to resemble antiques, often using shading techniques to imitate wear from aging. This is particularly true of this early pair. Amazingly, given how easily chips or breaks can happen to this material, the shepherd boy has retained his full staff and there is only one small chip on the rear brim of his hat, shown on the right in photograph #4. He stands approximately 7 inches tall and 3 ¼ inches across the widest part of his oval base. The shepherd girl, holding a basket of grapes and leaning on a tree stump, is in excellent condition. She stands 6 ½ inches tall and is 4 inches across the widest part of her oval base. The boy has retained the full Borghese label on his base, along w…