One of a set of eight Scottish 'Royal' pattern creamware plates (HD 76.014-76.014G) and platter decorated with an underglaze dark brown transfer print of an urn in the center well; and an overglaze, hand-painted reddish-brown band of swags with ribbons and tassels around the scrolled-edged rim which is bordered with another reddish-brown band. According to George R. Haggerty, the City of Edinburgh Museum has three similar plates (two on view, HH 5764/1&2/96), which, according to an note written by Anne Mocket's grandaughter, Evelyn M. Seas(?) which came with the plates, are part of a service reputedly presented by William Cadell (who built the pottery in Prestonpans adjacent to Auld Kirk in 1750) to his ward, Anne Mocket, when she married James Cunningham on the 3rd August 1792 in Aberlady. That note also describes the set descending through the widow of James Howden to Margaret Black of Oakbank in 1899; M Black was the cousin of Evelyn M. Seas(?). This plate has a small piece of tape on the back inscribed in pencil: "Server Bowl / ? Howden May / 1899 ? M Black / Oakbank ?" According to the original data card, these plates and platter were bought from a Maine dealer in 1976. The three Edinburgh Museum plates are decorated in the same neo-classical style with borders of chocolate brown swags and small central bat-printed urns, which Haggerty describes as having poorly painted borders, one with a double band around the rim and the other a single, and both bat prints slightly off center. That same erratic quality of decoration is evident on these HD plates and platter; the potting is also uneven. One of the Edinburgh plates has a small impressed mark (like a flower) on the back; three of these HD plates have a similar impression on the back: HD 74.014, 74.014A, and 74.014B.
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