1840's "Keep Within Compass"

 Soft Paste Plate

A combination of age, blue decoration, pink luster trim, low-relief floral work and a Masonic theme make this little gem of a plate a collectible of undisputed proportions, and that's not just hyperbole. The piece dates to the mid 1800's.  It is marked on the back with an impressed mark of John King Knight, a Staffordshire potter of Fenton. The mark was in use from 1846-1853..  It has a scalloped-edge with floral trim and a Masonic themed scene in the center. The poem reads:

Keep within compass
And you shall be sure,
To avoid many troubles which others endure.

Indeed, words to live by. The plate is in very good condition with a few light edge flakes and crazing. It measures 5 3/16 inches in  diameter.

 

         

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