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Tea Leaf Platter
Donated by John Cathcart

Tea Leaf Platter
Photo at right shows the James Ship Graham family, ca. 1885. Left to right, back row: Dortha, Peter, Vachel, Rachel, Benjamin. Middle row: Cynthia, Rebecca, James Ship, James Wiley. Front row: Amanda, Orlena. Courtesy Linda McBride (S-99-66-851)

This white ironstone platter with a "Tea Leaf" pattern was made by Arthur Wilkinson Ltd., a pottery manufacturer in England. It belonged to Amanda Adaline Graham Graham Fritts of Springdale. Amanda Adaline Graham was born in 1854 near the Washington County community of Monitor, the daughter of James Ship and Rebecca Jane Patton Graham. She married Robert Graham in 1883; he died in 1888. Amanda's second marriage was to Phillip Marion Fritts. Amanda died in Springdale in 1937.

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