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Dinner Plates

1998.5905.1-.18 (RS223874)


Dinner plates part of "Hampden" pattern dinner service for twelve designed by Christopher Dresser and produced by the Old Hall Earthenware Company, England. The plates are light cream-colored with aqua rims, decorated with a transfer-printed and overpainted pattern of flowers and geometric designs in aqua, blues, yellow, brown and black.


Dresser, Christopher (Designer)
Old Hall Earthenware Co. Ltd. (Maker)
Date attribution based on 1884 change in mark registration
"HAMPDEN / OLD HALL / ENGLAND / E'WARE CO / (L)" (Printed in black on base of some pieces)
Location of origin
Hanley, England
ceramic (material)
Object type
Food Service T&E; Eating Vessels
Hanley (Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom)
North Andover (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
ceramic (material)
dinner plates
Dish, Eating
floral patterns
Plate, Dinner
Plate, Food
10 1/2 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Sarah Moore Field Collection\n

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Dr. Christopher Dresser #

AvatarPosted by David Taylor on April 8, 2011
Dr. Dresser was a designer and he designed ceramic shapes and decorations, among many other things (e.g., metalware, glassware, wallpaper, carpets). But he was not a ceramicist in the sense that he made ceramic items.

Also, in the description of the item in the museum's collection, it would be helpful to note the name of the manufacturer of the items, if known (Old Hall?), and whether they are marked with Dr. Dresser's name.

Dresser set record #

AvatarPosted by Laura Johnson on April 8, 2011
Thank you for your comment. This is a fantastic Dresser design. The record you were viewing contained only the basic information. We are continually updating our computer files. Portions of this set were indeed marked with an earlier (pre-1884) Old Hall mark. This design was known as the "Hampden" pattern, which was also marked on the underside of some pieces, but they do not carry Dr. Dresser's name. The record has now been updated to reflect this information. Thank you for your interest in Historic New England's collection! If you have additional questions about this set, please email us.