Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society Platter, 1865

This platter is a holding tray, part of a set of dishes. It was made for the Saint-Jean Baptiste Society in Quebec. The images of the beaver and the maple leaf are transfer-printed (not hand-painted). Both of these images were emblems or symbols of the French-Canadian nation. Near the lower edge of the platter we see the following words: 'NOS INSTITUTIONS, NOTRE LANGUE ET NOS LOIS' (Our Institutions, Our Language and Our Laws). This was one of the mottos of the Saint-Jean Baptiste Society. The platter was made in the U.K. for export, by Edward Walley, a manufacturer of earthenware at Cobridge, England, whose company operated from 1845 to 1865.

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