by: John Valentine
This article is on the Fenton Craftsman series of 12 plates. Each plate is 7 3/4" in diameter and was done in the amethyst glass with the carnival iridescence. In the center of each plate is a portrait of the craftsman represented, and around the exterior is is a band of 12 Daises with leaves making up the border. The back of the plate has a brief history of the craftsman represented and the Fenton trade mark. At the bottom of each plate is the number of that plate in the series and the year made. The words at the bottom of the plate read "No - in the annual series of Collectors Plates by Fenton - dated". Each year starting in 1970 there was a different plate made, at the end of each year the moulds to that plate were destroyed creating an ever growing demand for the plates with the passage of time.
|1970 - No. 1 in the American Craftsman series, the Glass Maker which commemorates the earliest glass craftsman of new America. Jamestown, Virginia 1608.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1971 - No. 2 in the American Craftsman series, the Printer. This plate was made as a tribute to the earliest printer. This printing press was set up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Stephen Dye in 1638 he printed the first book in English America. "The Bay Psalm Book 1640".||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1972 - No. 3 in the American Craftsman series, the Blacksmith. This plate commemorates the earliest Blacksmith in America, one James Read. Who arrived with the original group of settlers in Jamestown, Virginia on May 13th, 1607.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1973 - No. 4 in the American Craftsman series, the Shoemaker. This plate commemorates the earliest shoemaker, Thomas Beard which came to Salem Massachusetts in 1629. For 50 acres of land and ten English pounds a year.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1974 - No. 5 in the American Craftsman series, the Cooper. This plate commemorates the Pioneer "why don't you speak for yourself John?" The John Alden of whom Longfellow wrote in these classic lines was the cooper who came to Plymouth on the Mayflower. The pioneer Cooper whose barrels and casks making skills played so important role in the establishment of America.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1975 - No. 6 in the American Craftsman series, the Silver Smith.This plate commemorates Paul Revere the Patriot and Silversmith on the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere famous ride on April 18, 1775, started Paul Revere and William Dowes on their midnight ride to warn the country of the marching British troops to Lexington and Concord.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1976 - No. 7 in the American Craftsman series, the
Gunsmith. This plate commemorates one of the earliest colonial
gunsmith Phillip Lefever. He operated a gunsmith at Beaver Valley, Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, from about 1731-1766.
||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1977 - No. 8 in the American Craftsman series, the
Potter. This plate commemorates one of the earliest Potters of colonial
America. Phillip Dunker, a skilled Potter, who came to Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1635.
||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1978 - No. 9 in the American Craftsman series, the Wheelwright. This plate commemorates the Early American Craftsman and their role in the growth of America. One of the earliest colonial Wheelwrights was Richard Ewstead, which arrived in Salem (Essex County) Massachusetts in 1629.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1979 - No. 10 in the American Craftsman series, the Cabinetmaker. This plate commemorates one of the earliest Quaker cabinetmakers John Goddard. His swelled front chests and desks, dating from 1760 are considered the finest of all colonial cabinetwork.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1980 - No. 11 in the American Craftsman series, the Tanner. This plate commemorates the earliest tanner in English America. His name was Experience Michell (changed by his descendants to Mitchell). In 1623 he arrived at Plymouth Colony on the ship Anne.||$25.00 - $40.00|
|1981 - No. 12 in the American Craftsman series,
the Housewright. This plate commemorates the early Colonial
Housewright, John Laydon. He arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.
||$25.00 - $40.00|
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