Dishes made especially for children are very popular with collectors, and ABC plates - with the complete alphabet appearing somewhere on the plate - have a charm all their own. Believed to have originated in England as early as 1820, ABC plates were manufactured on both sides of the Atlantic for almost two centuries. They are made of many materials and provide charming vignettes of people, animals, and nations of the world. ABC plates, mugs, cups, and other utensils are still readily available to the collector today. This remarkable book showcases these items in nearly 700 vibrant color pictures. To assist beginning and advanced collectors, the authors have established a system of categorizing the English plates. It features 39 chapters of English Staffordshire and also includes chapters on German hard paste, as well as tin, lithography, and glass. Every category has important background information and every item pictured has an identification number, along with the size and marks. No other resource on ABC plates gives values, making this book the essential collector's guide. And the values come from weekly visits to antique shows and flea markets, as well as collectors from all over the country, making them current and dependable. The British registry table gives important design registration dates. Hardbound. 1998 values. 8.5 X 11.