The following two plaques recently came up for auction in Newcastle – their town of origin. These plaques more usually have orange borders (see an example at the bottom of the orange plaques page).
Both plaques have the impressed mark below. The 'G & A' is for Galloway and Atkinson who took over the Albion Pottery in the 1860s.
Below is a similar, although unmarked, plaque from my own collection, with unusual text and decoration. Note that this plaque doesn't have the moulded leaf in each corner associated with the Albion pottery. I've always assumed it was made relatively late.
The auction house listed the green and brown speckled plaques (above) in a group lot with less desirable plaques. My guess is they would have made more money sold alone. Who wants to pay postage on heavy unwanted items?
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