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Object Name: Plates (set of five)
Date: ca. 1841
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Medium: Earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. ( 3.2 x 26.7 cm )
Place made: Europe, England
Description: Light blue transfer printed plate with fourteen straight edges; the central view, enclosed is a circular embellished cartouche, depicts three women in a cabin; one figure is sewing, one reading, and one standing; the border pattern is composed of medallions, Chinese fretwork, and images of four steamships with names their inscribed beneath. (Acadia, Caleduna, Britannia, and Columbia)
Credit Line: Bequest of Randall J. LeBoeuf Jr., 1976
Object Number: INV.14429
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Marks: Inscribed on front of plate below central view: "LADIES / CABIN"; printed in light blue on back: "BOSTON MAILS" inscribed above image of steamship with sails; typed paper label on back: "74-4D081 / American Historica[l] 10 Plate 'Boston Mails' with strip border showing the Columbia, Acadia, Britannia, and Caledonia, Sidewheeler Sailing ships, by James & Thomas Edwards (c. 1840)" [the date is partially crossed out and now reads 1841. R [u2] or RR is handwritten next to it]"

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This plate is part of the Boston Mails series.