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Object Detail


A hand painted dessert plate decorated with a yellow flower, yellow bud, two large green leaves, roots and a gold rim. The plate has "Aconite" and "Spode" written on the base. A sticker with the handwritten information "ATKINSON/Pitt St" and a circular sticker with a serrated edge with "505" handwritten on it are also attached to the base.
Primary Maker
Media/Materials
Production Date
Circa 1833
Primary Prod Period
1830s
First Taranaki Land Wars (1860-1861)
Second Taranaki Land Wars (1863-1866)
Credit Line
This plate, part of a Spode dinner set, was buried by Arthur and Jane Maria Atkinson near their cottage at Hurworth in 1860 when they abandoned it during the First Taranaki War. Attempts to recover them later were unsuccessful until one of the sons of the then owners of the farm, James Smith, discovered the buried china in the 1920s. Annoyed by an order from his mum to dig the vegetable garden James stabbed his gum spear into one of the farm tracks and struck the buried stash. His brothers, Charlie and Richard, helped him dig the treasure up but it is not known who eventually dug the vegetable garden.
Accession No
A82.522

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