• NCR Regional Archeology Program

    NCR Regional Archeology Program


Themes in Time

Playthings of the Past — Children's Dishes


Children's dishes, late 19th century.

Today, children's cups and plates are usually made of plastic. These child-sized dishes, however, are ceramic. Often, children's dishes were decorated with proverbs, nursery rhymes, or the alphabet. The plate pictured here was recovered from an excavation at Fort Washington, on the Potomac River in Southern Maryland. The plain white mug was recovered near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Both of these items date roughly to the late nineteenth century.

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