Plate

Plate

Description
This white glazed earthenware plate is part of a set of four commemorative plates manufactured in England to celebrate the completion of the Erie Canal. This plate honors New York Governor DeWitt Clinton. Clinton was one of the Erie Canal's biggest supporters as a New York politician. He believed that the canal would be, in his words , “a work more stupendous, more magnificent, and more beneficial than has hitherto been achieved by the human race.”
The plate reads: "THE GRAND ERIE CANAL, A SPLENDID MONUMENT OF THE ENTERPRISE & RESOURCES OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, INDEBTED FOR ITS EARLY COMMENCE-MENT & RAPID COMPLETION TO THE ACTIVE ENERGIES & ENLIGHTENED POLICY OF DE WITT CLINTON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE."
Object Name
plate
Object Type
plate
place made
United Kingdom: England, Staffordshire
Physical Description
monochrome, blue (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/16 in x 10 5/16 in; 2.69875 cm x 26.19375 cm
ID Number
CE.62.998B
catalog number
62.998B
accession number
171126
Credit Line
Ellouise Baker Larsen Collection of American Historical Staffordshire China
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
America on the Move
Larsen Ceramics
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Transportation
Exhibition
America on The Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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