Platter, late 18th-early 19th century
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In 1896, Mrs. Elizabeth Gillespie (Benjamin Franklin's granddaughter) gave this plate to Mrs. Elizabeth Singerly Bache (Milburn, NJ) and advised her that it was used by Dr. Franklin in his early married life. While that provenance cannot be true, since wares with this form of ornament were not produced until late in Franklin's life, it is very possible that a service of blue and white fitzhugh porcelain was owned by Sarah and Richard Bache, since pieces in that pattern have descended in branches of the family. It should be noted, though, that at least one family member is known to have purchased examples in the pattern to augment surviving pieces that had been inherited.

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