In the early 1960's, when my paternal grandparents, George and Sarah VanGilder Hughes (aka Pop Pop and Grams), were retiring to St. Petersburg, Florida, trash barrels loaded with family memorabilia were lined up on the tree lawn outside 71 North Bryant Street in Bellevue, Pennsylvania.
My mother tells of various family members driving to Bellevue and digging through the trash, saving, what have now become, valuable pieces of the Hughes Family history. Grams wanted to make a fresh start in Florida and as the English say, she was going through the apartment with "a dose of salts" :-)
My Mom grabbed various old plates and brass candlesticks, which were proudly displayed in our new home on Bramble Lane. Those family treasures are now in my possession and have been slowly dispersed among my cousins as wedding gifts, keeping them in the Hughes Family.
The cake plate shown above is from the 1780-1800 period. I have no idea if it came from West Hartlepool, England with my great grandparents, John George and Elizabeth Olesen Hughes or if it was carried from Morgantown, West Virginia to the Pittsburgh area by my great grandmother, Jessie Pool VanGilder, and given to her daughter, my Grandmother Hughes. My educated guess is that it was in a trunk that crossed the "pond" from England.
Documentation on the plate has been taken from the Coysh and Henrywood book, The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1800, Volume I. Rhine, a name given to romantic patterns used in Victorian times. They were usually printed in grey, but blue examples have been recorded by Thomas Fells & Company, J.T. Hudden, David Lockhard & Company and the Middlesbrough Pottery Company. The title is usually printed in a c-scroll cartouche. Middlesbrough designs are marked with a bridge.
W. W. Coysh and R.K. Henrywood, The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery: 1780-1880, Volume I, Antique Collector's Club, 1982.