82-13-1 | Wives were taken from their husbands

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Wives were taken from their husbands
About 1901
2.3 cm
Gift of Pascal Mallet
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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The rage for collecting gave rise to a remarkable production of souvenirs and other items created and sold specifically for that purpose. Souvenir china was very popular in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many pieces were produced, showing scenes, landscapes, buildings or monuments, as well as historical and literary characters.

At the turn of the 20th century, the famous English manufacturer Wedgwood put out a series of plates decorated with illustrations of Longfellow's poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie. The pictures were reproductions of engravings by F. O. C. Darley. There were four plates in the series, each with a line from the poem: "Down the long street she passed," "The forge of Basil the blacksmith," "Wives were torn from their husbands" and "Father, I thank thee."

  • What

    This plate is inscribed "Wives were torn from their husbands."

  • Where

    The plate was made in Etruria, England.

  • When

    This Evangeline plate dates from around 1903. The company probably started making the series in the 1890s.

  • Who

    The plate was produced by Wedgwood for the Canadian market and was imported by Linton & Sinclair of St. John, NB.