Artifact of the Month
Dunn Bennett & Company Transferware Plate
Donated by Melvin and Lucille Ferguson
Dunn Bennett & Company mark
This transferware plate belonged to Hiram Hamilton and Ida May Lierly Tresner, who lived in the Round Mountain community east of Fayetteville. As recalled by their daughter, Laura Pearl Tresner Ferguson, the plate sat on the family dining table and was always used for serving crackers.
The plate was manufactured by Dunn Bennett & Company of England for the American market in the late 1880s and early 1900s. Shaftesbury is the pattern name. According to the Transferware Collectors Club website, "Transferware is the term given to pottery that has had a pattern applied by transferring the print from a copper plate to a specially sized paper and finally to the pottery body. While produced primarily on earthenware, transfer prints are also found on ironstone, porcelain and bone china."
Tresner family, circa 1904. Back row, from left: Myrtle, Harvey, Orlando. Front row, from left: Ida May holding Tot, Laura Pearl, Hiram holding Jim. Courtesy Melvin and Lucille Ferguson/W. H. Albertson, photographer.