Monday, March 26, 2012

32. Mystery Monday: The O'Neill Plate

    Does anyone know anything about early American pottery? If so, lend a hand. My Aunt Lynette, granddaughter of Thomas O'Neill of Summerfield, bequeathed me an O'Neill plate and said it was a family heirloom.
    It depicts a scene of North Fishkill, New York, a town in the Hudson River valley. The mystery is this: Did Hugh and Deborah O'Neill purchase this plate when they traveled up the Hudson valley in 1806, or did someone buy the plate later, just because it illustrates the family migration path?
    I hope the former, as it would make it more of a family heirloom. Let's all hope. Any ideas?

Front of plate

Enlarged caption on back (No Date)

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