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Redware/slipware charger; decorated and inscribed with white and green slip.
The slip used to decorate redware, made from white pipe clay, allowed potters not only to personalize pieces with names, but also to send political or social messages, as seen on this plate from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century, on display at Cogswell's Grant in Essex, Massachusetts. With their typical humor and keen eye for display, the Littles hung the Temperance plate in the pantry, where cocktails were prepared before dinner.
"Temperance/ Health/ Wealth" (written in slip)
Original To Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Essex (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)