|T & R Boote (1842-1906) "Yosemite" platter. The registry diamond on the back of the platter indicates it was registered on January 13, 1883.|
What does my family celebration of a long and well-lived life have to do with transferware? The answer is a series of patterns made by T & R Boote titled "Yosemite." As with many Aesthetic patterns, there is rarely a connection between the title and the design.
|T & R Boote "Yosemite" 14.5 inch vertical platter. Does this look like Yosemite National Park?|
However, the pattern on the "Yosemite" platter below does resemble what you might have seen in Yosemite National Park in the 19th century, especially the giant sequoias, which are also known as giant redwoods. You can still see them today. By coincidence, there was an article in the New York Times recently about the Mariposa Grove of Giant Redwoods, which just reopened after three years of restoration. Read the article here.
|"Yosemite" 21.5 inch platter. Notice the giant sequoias and the man riding his horse through one.|
|An old photo showing a carriage driven through a giant sequoia.|
One more photo.
|David and Mary/Notice one of the beautiful water falls on the upper right.|