I recently e-mailed the Northern Ceramic Society about John Cockerill's article on North Eastern pottery with 'London' impressed marks. When John replied I got much more than I bargained for. He sent me an image of the fabulous Maling Wesley plaque below. As my Wesleyana-collector friends have never seen one before, I can only assume that if it isn't a one off, it is exceptionally rare. It has the horse-shoe shaped Maling impressed mark, used from 1817. (This reminds me that one day soon, I need to add the Maling marks to the Maling plaques page.)
Thanks to Ian Holmes and Keith Lovell for sharing images of the cups below, both attributed to Leeds pottery. The top right photo shows the image on the creamware loving cup reversed. It seems that this image was the inspiration for the transfer on the plaque. Note the palm leaf in the bottom right hand corner of the reversed image. Keith was told by the dealer selling the cup (bottom left) that its flower decoration was typical of Leeds, but he now wonders whether it too could be Maling.
Needless to say I've joined the Northern Ceramic Society, which provides members with a qurterly newsletter and annual journal, both illustrated with colour photos, and holds regular meetings, summer schools and museum visits. I wish I'd joined years ago! Thanks to Joyce and Jack Cockerill for their friendly e-mails and advice.
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...
This website is indebted to collectors, dealers and enthusiasts who have shared their knowledge or photos. In particular: Ian Holmes, Stephen Duckworth, Dick Henrywood, Norman Lowe, Keith Lovell, Donald H Ryan, Harold Crowder, Jack and Joyce Cockerill, Myrna Schkolne, Elinor Penna, Ian Sharp, Shauna Gregg at the Sunderland Museum, Keith Bell, Martyn Edgell, and Liz Denton.