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Great Canadian Plate Index

Great Canadian Commemorative Plates Index 1837-1901 - 1

Time Base Guide - This is intended to provide a rough visual chronological record of the major commemorative ceramic plate transfer types that were supplied to the Canadian market from 1834-1925. We believe that if you can match the transfer type, with this guide, you are close to dating your plate with the significant people, places, and events it reflects.

Not Comprehensive - It is not intended to reflect every plate and transfer combination ever made. You can find the same transfer on plates that are square, octagonal, round or oblong, and bearing a wide variety of colours, rims, and raised surface swirl decorations.

Dates reflect the earliest date that each plate transfer probably was introduced. Production runs of that design might last only a year; in other cases the same plates could be produced for decades. (Some dates are wrong - you guess which ones! This is not - as Elizabeth Collard made clear - an exact science.)

Plates below were often part of a complete tableware service; so platters, teapots, vegetable dishes, bowls, tureens, showing the same patterns, and often in a variety of colours, can be found, though complete services are very rare. Other plates were "one ofs."

To learn more about the amazing background of each plate, and the people, places, and events that each represents, use the Search engine above or Google.

Finally, none of these "Canadian" plates were made in Canada; all are European imports, and they can all be found in Canadian homes today. They brought joy to countless millions of Canadians over many generations who cherished the heritage of Canada, and the many people, places, and events they depicted, that made it like no other place on earth.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasures
Victorian Canadian Memorabilia
& Souvenir Plates 1835-1901
The plate images below are only representative of literally scores of other similar scenes, but all surrounded by the same decorative borders, that were patented by each potter. We list the Pattern, followed by the Maker, if known, and the probable First Date of Issue.

Death of Wolfe, Jones & Son - 1820s Canadian Scenes - Enoch Wood & Sons - 1830 Montreal - Davenport - 1832
Arctic Scenery - Anon - 1835 Canadian Scenes - Ridgway, Morley & W - 1835 Victoria & Albert Wedding - 1840
Victoria & Albert Wedding - Sowerby - 1840 Victoria & Albert Wedding - 1840 Victoria & Albert Wedding - 1840
Boston Mails - Edwards - 1841 British America - Podmore, Walker & Co - 1843 British America - Podmore, Walker & Co - 1843

Lake Scenery - Francis Morley - 1845 Dundurn? - Ontario Scenery - J Heath - 1845

Sunderland Lustre Plaque - 1847 Sunderland Lustre Plaque - 1847
Wm Church, Hamilton CW - Sep. 3, 1853 Labor Omnia Vincit - Edward Walley - 1856 Great Eastern - Sunderland - 1858
Milton & Cheadle's Canada - Minton - 1865 Quebec Views - FT Thomas - 1881 The World - Wallis Gimson & Co - 1884
Maple - T Furnival & Sons - 1884 Queen Victoria - Wallis Gimson & Co - 1884 William E Gladstone Wallis Gimson - 1884
Benjamin Disraeli - Wallis Gimson - 1884 John A Macdonald - Wallis Gimson - 1884 Edward Blake - Wallis Gimson - 1884
Canada, Muskoka Views - John Aynsley - 1885 Canadian Sports - John Marshall & Co - 1885 Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee - 1887
Queen Victoria Golden Jub - Worcester - 1887 Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee - 1887 Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee, Wallis G - 1887
Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee - 1887 Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee - 1887 Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee - Amber - 1887

Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee - 1887 Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee - 1887
William E Gladstone - 1890 Mrs. William E Gladstone - 1890 Prime Minsters of Canada - 1895
Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - Lowe - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897
Queen Victoria Diamond Jub - Wagstaff - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897
Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - Anon - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jub - Johnson - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jub - Doulton - 1897
Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jub - Allertons - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee - 1897


William E Gladstone - 1898 William E Gladstone - 1898
Queen Victoria, Dominion of Canada - 1899 Canada Our Country - Wm Lowe - 1899 Queen Victoria - 1900

Queen Victoria Memorial - 1901