pair of townsend wavy edge plates
this uncommon pair of ‘special order’ plates were made by john townsend of london. he worked from 1748 to 1801. john townsend was a quaker preacher that visited his friends and contacts in the colonies, as well as traveled visiting quaker meetinghouses. the wavy edge plates were special made-to-order. they were expensive to make since the molded edges were segments fitted and soldered on. the curved rear booge has many more hammer marks than a standard round ‘townsend’ plate. this pair is engraved with the original family crest. the head is a beast, perhaps a boar or wolf. the plates are 9 3/4” in diameter. the condition is very good.