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America and Independence #10

Pattern Category: Heraldic and Commemorative

Series: America and Independence

Alternate Names: Building in distance, women in foreground

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Diameter: 6.75 inches


The series to which this plate belongs is also called The States Series,  as well as The States Border Series, due to the states named in the border.   On the left is a medallion portrait of George Washington, held by Lady Justice.  Lady Liberty is on the opposite side.  There is also a Masonic symbol.  Most pieces bear the impressed Clews mark on the reverse.   This is the only form on which this particular view appears.

The number after the Series title coincides with the numbers used by David Arman in his 1974 book on historical Staffordshire.  In his book, his #1 was devoted to the Landing of La Fayette examples, so he starts this series wih #2.  There are 14 center views in the series.

Recent discoveries and the research efforts of author and lecturer Dick Henrywood indicate that all of the center views in this series are British.  The source prints for these views have led to the specific identification of all the structures,  save one.  This view is Burley, Rutlandshire,  and appears in an article by Dick Henrywood in Ceramics in America 2011, entitled "The States Border Series by Ralph & James Clews", as figure 5 on p. 104.