DEDHAM, Mass. – As part of its continuing effort to educate everyone about Dedham’s most famous product of old – Dedham Pottery – the Dedham Historical Society annually reproduces one of the rare plates from its Museum Collection of Dedham Pottery.
This year it’s the Clover Plate.
According to Jim Kaufman, the Society’s volunteer curator for Dedham Pottery, use of the Clover design on Hugh C. Robertson’s crackle-glazed stoneware began before the pottery moved from Chelsea, Mass., to Dedham in 1896. Examples of this attractive design appear on pieces made in Chelsea by Robertson’s Chelsea Pottery U.S (marked “CPUS” in a cloverleaf) in the early 1890s.
The clover border design went through several style changes in those early years, concluding with the delicately flowing design now being reproduced. That same, popular design variant continued to be employed until the last years of the Dedham Pottery in the 1940s, though examples are rare.
The plates, which are in stock, may be purchased for $98. Massachusetts residents must add $6.13. If shipping is required the cost is an additional $9. Checks may be sent to the Dedham Historical Society, Box 215, Dedham MA 02027-0215.