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Dr. Franklin's Maxims Small Child's Plate by Staffordshire, c.1850s


Small glazed ceramic child's plate by Staffordshire in the mid 19th century with a saying from Benjamin Franklin. The black transfer image is of a man's wagon falling off of a bridge, horse first. A rider and another man run toward the accident.

The plate reads: "Dr. Franklin's Maxim's [sic] / Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge / For want of a nail the shoe was lost, and for want of a shoe the horse was lost."

This common proverb can be found in Poor Richard's Almanack, June 1758. 

From England, c.1850.

The plate measures 7" in diameter and 1/2" deep. It weighs 8 oz.


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