Transferware is one of the things i watch for - it's started to get expensive in some of the local thrift shops, so i haven't had much luck building my oddball collection of mismatched dishes there. So when i walked by, this piece caught my eye:
I was almost past the table when the brain pointed out to the body that was already cruising onward, "hey, that one's seriously old." I checked myself and went to take a closer look. I remember thinking, "i'll eat my hat if that's not a nineteenth century piece."
When i turned it over to look for a maker's mark, the vendor said since the plate was chipped, he'd take a dollar for it. The chip is mostly on the underside, but does show on the front at the rim, about one o'clock. I decided that even with the chip, it was worth a buck for a bread plate with an interesting pattern and some age. If nothing else, i'd get my money's worth in the amusement value of a pleasant little research project.
If a quick online search is to be relied upon (which it's not, but it's somewhere to start), the mark on the back was in use for about a decade in the middle of the nineteenth century.