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|