Overall: 1 3/4 x 11 in. ( 4.4 x 27.9 cm )
incised: on obverse: "Wer sich gern last straffen der wirt klugwerden wer aber nicht strafft sein will der bliebt ein narr 1791"; "Hier ist abgebilt/ein Dobelder/Adler."
Molded redware dish with with sgraffito decoration: large two-headed eagle with heart-shaped trunk flanked by two stylized flowers and peacocks with inscription above and on border in old German; green patches (copper oxide) under a lead glaze.
Pennsylvania German potters occasionally inscribed proverbs or witty sayings on their wares. The rim of this plate translates to: "Whoever gladly lets himself be punished will become wise, but whoever goes unpunished will remain a fool." Between the heads of the eagle, Huebener has inscribed, "Here is depicted a double eagle."
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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