Tiny Tin Plates for Tots Early 20thC

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3 tiny tin plates for your doll, your littlest angel or your miniatures collection. Each is original, lithographed tin and each has lovely, lively graphics. The plates have different degrees of wear and rust to them, but nothing that interferes with the wonderful looks of each. The clown plate had, long ago, two holes drilled into its rim for hanging. These holes are visible in our photo. Each plate is being sold separately, or you can buy all three for a special price.

Lithographed deep plate shows two clowns dancing and playing musical instruments. 2 5/8” diameter, edge rise of ¼”. $12.00

Shallow plate shows Little Bo Peep. Little Bo Peep is a nursery rhyme with mysterious origins. It was thought to have been an early Victorian moralistic rhyme warning against the effects of irresponsibility. However, the phrase "to play bo peep" was in use in 14th century England. It referred to being pilloried. One example: in the mid-14th century, an ale-wife named Alice Causton was found guilty of skimping on her measures of ale. Her punishment ~ to "play bo pepe thorowe a pillery". Leads to some interesting conclusions! 2 9/16" diameter $9.00

The rarest of the three plates is this shallow one of Little Jack Horner: Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, "What a good boy am I!"

Early English nursery rhymes were often based on current events in the U.K. First recited in the 18th century, Little Jack was associated with acts of political opportunism. In the 19th century, it was claimed that the rhyme was originally written as satire about the dishonest actions of Thomas Horner during the Tudor period. Little Jack Horner has a very long history. 2 3/4" $14.00

If you would like all three plates, your cost would be $30.00 plus shipping.

Home Farm Antiques
Bolton Landing, New York
(518) 644-2845