Newsnote: Vincentiana Purchase: Crimean War Transferware Plate featuring the Sisters of Charity

The Vincentiana Collection of DePaul University’s Archives and Special Collections recently purchased a mid-19th century transferware plate depicting the battlefield nursing of the Daughters of Charity during the Crimean War. The produce was Geoffroy and Sons in Gien. Beginning in the mid-19th century these inexpensive transferware plates produced for decorative and collecting purposes became very popular among the emerging middle-class with disposable income for decorative pieces. This plate is #5 from a series commemorating the Crimean War (1853-1856).