Anti-slavery fairs

[Anti-slavery dessert service]
[Anti-slavery dessert service]
[Staffordshire]: [ca. 1820s]
In Great Britain and the United States, women organized anti-slavery bazaars throughout the North to raise money and awareness for the cause. Members of female anti-slavery societies sold tokens, pottery, quilts, books, prints, and needlework. Some items were commercially produced, others made by hand. This dessert service is likely Staffordshire pottery transfer-ware. The images of two iconic elements of the visual vocabulary of the abolitionist movement—a black man kneeling in chains, and a black woman cradling a child—as well as the surrounding biblical passages were meant to evoke sympathy for the cause. The collection holds ten pieces, including a footed compote.
[Anti-slavery dessert service], [Staffordshire]: [ca. 1820s], Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed June 19, 2024,