Artifact of the Week: Morewood teacup, saucer and sandwich plate

This week’s Artifact of the Week comes from the Welland Museum. It is a Morwood teacup, saucer and sandwich plate featuring historic images.

The teacup image is the Welland Ship Canal and Main St. Bridge. Both plates have maps of the scenic Niagara Peninsula. In the centre of the maps is a yellow notation of the Morwood Store described as “Canada’s Oldest Hardware Store.”

The maker’s mark on the bottom of each dish says “Royal Ascot Bone China 393 Made in England, Exclusively for R. Morwood Co. Eot’d 1856”

R. Morwood and Co. remained in the Morwood family until the store, located on West Main Street, was destroyed by fire in the early 1970’s.

The Morwood Hardware store’s success came from the shipping traffic on the canal. He was not only able to ship items to people out of town but was able to bring in desired items from Europe (such as this dish set) and other places.

The store would have been where the Division Street bridge starts. Where Niagara St. and West Main meet.