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Catalog Number R1967.1.818
Object Name Plate
Description Celebrating Great Britain's alliance with Prussia in the Seven Years War (1756-1763), the rim of this plate is decorated with a portrait of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, and the slogan "SUCCESS TO THE KING OF PRUSSIA AND HIS FORCES."

Fought between Britain and France, the conflict affected Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and India. It was, in the words of Winston Churchill (who knew a global conflict when he saw one), the first truly "world war." Britain's victory helped launch its empire, and also planted the seeds for American independence.

Plates like these were used in Britain and the American colonies; fragments have been found in Williamsburg and Alexandria, Virginia, both cities associated with Major General Edward Bradock, commander of the British forces in North America, and George Washington, whose military career began during the war.
Year Range from 1756
Year Range to 1763
Material Salt-Glazed Stoneware
Place of Origin Made in Staffordshire, England
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer
On View Reeves Center, European Gallery
Gallery ID Number 131