I recently found the plaque below on the Ruby Lane antiques website. My thanks to Patricia Funt for allowing me to include it here. It has the Albion Pottery impressed mark, with a G&A for Galloway and Atkinson, 1864.
The plaque is similar to a pair that came up at auction a year or so ago. The unusual mottled border might not be to everyone's taste – it reminds me of the sort of wallpaper you might discover under 5 or 6 layers when stripping the hallway of a Victorian house. But if you fancy the bridge plaque, which is undoubtedly rare, it is still for sale on the links above.
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.