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Manufacturer: Adams China
Nifty piece of vintage souvenir china for a historical church building in Massachusetts associated with the American Revolution. This is a small dish or low bowl showing the Old North Church in Boston, Mass.

From some internet research, the Old North Church was built in 1723. It is perhaps most famous as the starting point for the legendary ride of Paul Revere in 1775 during the Revolutionary War. Paul Revere had requested lanterns to be hung in the church steeple as a signal for him to begin his ride, "One if by land, two if by sea...", as told by Henry W. Longfellow in his poem, Paul Revere's Ride. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places (was designated as a National Historic Landmark) in 1961.

We believe this souvenir item was made in the early to mid 1900's from the markings on the backside. The back states "Old English Staffordshire Ware" in a curve above the Jonroth, England crown & circle mark, with "Made by Adams England" below this. Jonroth was an importer of souvenir pieces (brought in under the brand name, Old English Staffordshire Ware), who used several manufacturing companies in England for production, in this case using the William Adams & Sons factory.

The small dish is round with a diameter of 3 1/4 inches and sits 1/2 inch in height. This piece is china or pottery, not porcelain since it is not translucent. The coloring is red & white, with the graphics a red transfer design on white base pottery. The topside show part of the church and its steeple with nearby buildings, with "Old North Church" at the top. Please note that the transfer of the word "North" as made is not clear like the other words, with over-striking or double striking effecting the "R" and "T" so the word looks longer than it should and doesn't read clearly.

We've provided 8 images, showing both sides, from differing angles and close-ups. Please note that the camera light causes white "hot spot" reflections, sometimes "blanding out" some of the detail, so some of the images were shot without the camera light (which makes these photos seem darker). Please use the zoom feature to examine closely. This piece weighs about 1 1/2 ounces unpacked and will be shipped in a box for safety.

Very nice overall condition, with no chips or cracks. We can see the beginning of crazing on this piece, with a large curved crazing line in the glaze and a few smaller lines off this, in the vicinity of the "Old North Church" wording on the topside (we don't see any crazing anywhere else, and these are lines in the glazing, not cracks in the piece). There are some pin/pit dots in the glazing and stray red dots from the transfer process as made, a few tiny surface scratches/wear marks (you need to look at an angle in bright light to see these), and likely other minor age wear, but nothing bad. On the underside there are some unglazed spots as made and another light spot on top of the glazing that we aren't sure if this is a glazing error or a spot of some sort made on this piece later. Please see earlier note regarding the manufacturing transfer process with the word "North".

A fun piece to add to any collection of MA or Boston souvenirs, a collection related to churches, buildings & architecture, or one related to historical places associated with Paul Revere and the War for Independence. Could also make an interesting small gift for a lover of Longfellow literature and his poems.

Souvenir China Dish Old North Church Boston Ma Jonroth Adams Revere

  • Your price: $6.99
  • Item Number: 2076
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