New York Times, on June 23, 1885, reported that "a serious fire [occurred in the company's] large four-story brick block corner of Franklin and Devonshire streets, [Boston] occupied by the extensive glassware and crockery establishment of Abram French & Co."  It was reported that most of the firm's $300,000 (nearly $8 million in today's currency) in stock was destroyed.  A daguerreotype of the French building is shown below.  

These small plates would have been used as a means of advertising.  In some cases, salesman's names were printed on the back.

" /> Printed British Pottery & Porcelain | Advertising Plate

Additional Image:

A daguerreotype of the French building that stood on the corner of Franklin and Devonshire Streets, Boston. The date the image was produced is not known.


Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Chinese, Asian and Other Exotic Themes

Date: c. 1860-1890


  • Diameter: 2.75 in (6.985 cm)

Maker: Unknown


A small earthenware advertising plate printed in brown with the Standard Willow border and a central pattern consisting of a collage of urns, jugs, cups and plates.  The dominant figure in the central pattern is an urn with an unidentified symbol in a center circle.  Printed on the plate is "ABRAM FRENCH & CO., BOSTON".  Abram French was a china and glass retailer in...