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This charming series of largely hand-painted plates was made in Staffordshire, England and dates to the 1910s to 1920s.
They were sold under the tradename "St Augustine Ware" or "Ye Olde English" (as on yours) but which Staffordshire pottery produced them has remained a mystery.
It's an example of what collectors call "motto ware", china embellished with hand written proverbs and pithy country quotes and rhymes. The ditties on these are a perfect example of motto ware:
Some sing the praises of Camembert,
And others of fromage de Brie,
But neither compare with a Welsh rabbit rare,
For that's just the cheese for me.
If we can believe that Adam and Eve
Were ousted for improper feedin',
It's easier still this fact to believe,
There were no Welsh rabbits in Eden.
Except a pie of Rabbit fare,
None can compare
with a Welsh Rabbit Rare.
are three of the most frequently found on these.
"Welsh Rabbit" (or "Welsh Rarebit") is of course cheese on toast, a gentle dig at the Welsh who were believed to be too poor to afford meat, even the cheapest, which in those days was rabbit meat.
As for value, if you were to see a single one of these for sale in an antique store, and it was free of brown staining and rim chips and hairline cracks (but not fine unstained crazing, which is acceptable) it would have a price tag of $300. Subtract about 30% for stained ones or examples with fleabite chips on the rim.
Expect to get 30% - 40% of this if you were to sell at a good antique auction house or on line (eBay etc).
I do hope this helps!
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