One of my favorite American Historical patterns was made by James and Ralph Clews (1813-1834) around 1825. To me it epitomizes the hope and innocence of the new United States. Known as Peace and Plenty (the words seen on the shield along with the seal of the United States), the scene is one of abundance. Flowers and fruit overflow from the border. The figure is supposedly Cincinnatus (519 BC-430 BC), the Roman statesman who was created dictator of Rome in order to defeat Rome's enemies. After completing the task, he resigned his office and went back to being a farmer (albeit an aristocratic one). George Washington has been compared to Cincinnatus as he refused the offer to be the lifelong ruler of the United States (think king). When his term was up as president, he went back to his farm at Mount Vernon. Washington certainly added to the peace and plenty of the United States both literally and figuratively.
|Peace And Plenty by James & Ralph Clews/I took the platter off my wall, so I left the hanger on.|
|Peace and Plenty Close-Up|
He died on July 5, 1952. He didn't want to miss celebrating July 4.
|Sam Berenson circa 1902|
|Sam Berenson's great great granddaughter|