Thursday, September 5, 2013


In conjunction with the new school year,  I am showing some patterns that were used to teach the alphabet.  Children's patterns were often intended to teach as well as delight. 

My favorite is a 4.5 inch plate that is printed with a lower case alphabet that is out of order. The child needed to pick the letters out and put them in sequence. This is not easy, but it is an excellent teaching tool. 
Lower case alphabet 4.5 inch plate, ca. 1820
Below are two mugs that illustrate the alphabet.   The first is printed in black and colored over the glaze in yellow.  The second is what is know as yellow printed brownware.  It is made with a yellow transfer over the glaze on a brown body. 
Nineteenth century transfer printed 2.18 inch alphabet mug

Nineteenth century yellow printed brownware alphabet mug

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