A cream-colored plate over 9" in diameter
A cream-colored plate over 9" in diameter with a 6" black-and-white circular design at its center presenting "The Mouse, the Rooster, and the Cat." The back of the plate shows a number of registry marks, the clearest an ink stamp working down from a crown through a circle surrounding a coat of arms with "BWM & Co" across it and "Fables" underneath it. Other marks include an indented sign surrounding a large "R" and an indented name, apparently Brown-Westhead. Well repaired edge from about 2:00 to 4:00. Hanley, Staffordshire: Brown-Westhead, Moore and Company (in existence from 1861 to 1904). $35 from Mary Ellen Kennedy, Larchmont, NY through Ebay, Dec., '99.
Perhaps the loveliest plate I have. High quality artistry throughout. Especially attractive is the attentive pose of the mouse in the foreground. The two characters he looks at present just what the fable wants from them: aggressive crowing from the rooster and welcoming, quiet fuzziness from the cat. Watch out, young mouse!