H.M Stanley and the Emin Pacha Relief Expedition Commemorative Plate

If you want to test your knowledge of history to the limit, buy antiques. Which is what I did this morning.

This plate (glazed pottery, transfer printed, about 24cms across) is a fairly familar model. It was made in the later part of Queen Victoria’s reign and these commeratives most commonly depict Her Majesty at the time of her 1887 Jubilee. The better quailty versions would show scenes from her mighty Empire and were often coloured with a gilded edge.

Other figures commemorated include the Duke of Clarence, Disraeli, Gladstone and other notables of the day. The latter were typically monochrome.

What makes this unusual (for me anyway) is that I’ve never seen this subject before. Stanley I know of from broad-stroke schoolboy history and his name is usually linked with Livingstone. And of course immediately one wants to know who more about Dr Emin Bey the Emin Pacha Relief Expedition; would anyone like to tell me WITHOUT googling?


Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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2 Responses

  1. Ian Willson says:

    This book will surely have the answer


    and if I had any kind of memory I would remember it.

  2. Bryan says:

    I have a plate just like that and you have helped me understand a bit more about it. I would love to know more myself. It was purchased for $2 at an estate sale.

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