As the co-editor of Children's Subjects for the Transferware Collector's Club, http://www.transcollectorsclub.org, I have entered lots of 19th century children's plates and mugs that celebrate mothers and grandmothers, but no great grandmothers. At a time when women were old at forty and near death (or dead) at fifty, great grandmothers were in short supply. The Staffordshire potters would have been wasting money making plates and mugs with poems about great grandmothers!
Luckily, times have changed. There are many great grandmothers. My granddaughter, Maya, has two great grandmothers; Libby (my mother) who is 92 and Mary (David's mother) who is 90. Both are in good health and live independently. They see Maya often and have lots of love to give her.
|Mary Hoexter (L) and Libby Rudolph|
|Plate 6 inches, circa 1820, "Who ran to help me when I fell/And would some pretty story tell/Or kiss the place to make it well/MY MOTHER"|
|Plate 7.44 inches, circa 1820, "Who sat and watch'd my infant head/When sleeping on my little bed/And tears of sweet affection shed/MY MOTHER"|
|Mug, 2 inches high, "A Grandmother's Gift", circa 1820|
|Plate, 6 inches, circa 1820, "Who took me in a Coach to ride/because I griev'd when Puggy died/And brought me Sugarplums beside/MY GRANDMOTHER"|
|Plate 6 inches, circa 1820, "The Presents/Who came to see me far and near/With cakes and Toys throughout the year/And called me her sweet little dear/MY GRANDMOTHER"|
Sadly, there are no plates or mugs celebrating great grandmothers (at least not from the 19th century).