#52 Ancestors: Harvest

One of the family heirlooms that I treasure is a pair of plates that I think of as Harvest plates. They are majolica glazed bread platters with a moulded corn pattern and “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” in relief around the edges. My mother treasured these plates and they were only used on very special occasions. I especially remember them being brought out on Christmas day for our family feast. She told me they were from the Chisholm side of the family and were probably given to my great grandfather and great grandmother, Alfred Wilson Chisholm and Sarah Ann (nee Wood) as wedding presents.

The plates were of a very popular design used by a number of potteries in both Australia and NewZealand. I have received a comment that the bread plate was made at David Agnew’s pottery called ‘Sandhurst Pottery’ at Bundanba, Qld. in the period 1886-1911.

It looks like I will now have another area to research once restrictions ease and the museums are open.

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Bread platter, ‘Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread’, earthenware with majolica glaze,  David Agnew’s pottery called ‘Sandhurst Pottery’ at Bundanba, Qld. in the period 1886-1911. From the Biggs family collection.

2 thoughts on “#52 Ancestors: Harvest

  1. This breadplate was made at David Agnew’s pottery called ‘Sandhurst Pottery’ at Bundanba, Qld. 1886-1911. Nothing to do with Lithgow pottery.

    • Thank you for letting me know. It appears to have been a popular design in that period used by a number of potteries. There are no markings on the plates to indicate the maker although I believe that the glaze used indicated the pottery where it was made. Is this how you were able to confirm it was made at Sandhurst Pottery. The two plates are highly treasured family heirlooms and belonged to my great grandparents who married in 1891 and lived in Northern Queensland. So it makes sense that it was made and purchased in Queensland. Once restrictions ease I will have to put a bit more study into this as it is really fascinating, I really appreciate your guidance.

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