Another rare marked plaque has been listed on eBay. It belongs to the the same series as Jim A Long Josey on the Other pictorial plaques page. The language and non-PC caricatures will limit its appeal as a decorative item, and given its condition, the asking price seems very high. That said, it is interesting to see a marked example.
Though the photo below is indistinct, the mark appears to read 'C. T. MALING'. This would date it as post 1853. These plaques are smaller than the Moore & Co plaques with similar scalloped corners. Sometimes the corners on these smaller plaques are painted green – another feature associated with Maling plaques.
See the Poetic verses page for a similar shaped plaque stamped 'ROBERT MALING'.
A word of caution though. We know at least one other factory produced plaques of this shape and size. See my April 11 posting for a similar plaque with the printed mark 'B. & Co.'.
Stephen Smith lives in London, and is always happy to hear from other collectors. If you have an interesting collection of plaques, and are based in the UK, he will photograph them for you. Free advice given regarding selling and dispersal of a collection, or to those wishing to start one. Just get in touch...
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