Plates were regularly used in all households in the nineteenth century for serving food. This particular plate is made of porcelain from China and was a popular style during Jonas More’s lifetime. It would have been available to middle-class and wealthy people.

Bibliographic Information:

Plate,1850, porcelain, D:5 7/8 in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of William Festus Morgan, N0013.1974.