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Dinner plate, “Signing the Contract in the Mayflower”

Blue and white dinner plate with Pilgrims depicted at centerTransferware dinner plate “Signing the Contract in the Mayflower,” circa 1930
Crown Ducal, England
Gift of Sarah Wingate Taylor, 1975.001.013

The Crown Ducal “Colonial Times” dinnerware was produced in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s as a collective set of twelve, all depicting a variety of famous scenes of early American history. This plate, “Signing the Contract on The Mayflower” features four scenes of Pilgrim history on the edge including: “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” “Return of the Mayflower,” “American Indian,” and “Pocahontas Saving Life of John Smith.” The back of the plate depicts the scene “Pilgrim Exiles.” All of the scenes were derived from well-known illustrations and engravings of the late 19th century, the main one painted by Edwin White (1817-1877), and engraved by George E. Perine (1837-1885) around 1857.

Digging Duxbury

The quest for archaeological evidence of the Pilgrim past began with an 1833 dig, one of the earliest in U.S. history.

Coming to a Pilgrim Town

Coming to a Pilgrim Town

Duxbury’s Pilgrim history, combined with the town’s natural beauty, initiated a tourist boom.

Collecting in a Pilgrim Town

Collecting in a Pilgrim Town

The tourism boom brought another enterprise, the creation and sale of Pilgrim-themed souvenirs.

Lasting Legacy

Duxbury's Lasting Legacy

Duxbury never forgot its Pilgrim origins. How could it? The names continue to generate interest today.
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