I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive the photos of the plate below. Thanks to Michael Horsburgh for sharing them. The plate has the Sheriff Hill Wesley transfer, with 'FOUNDER OF THE' in the title, above a Tee Total transfer.
Even better, the plate has a J & P impressed mark (below left) for Jackson and Patterson of the Sheriff Hill Pottery, Gateshead, 1830–45. If you look at the detail of the Wesley transfer (below right) it has the distinctive flaws in the letter 'N' of 'JOHN' and the 'M' of 'Methodist' that I blogged about recently.
Last year I wrote a post on the variations of Tee Total transfers. As we'd hope, this variation of the transfer appears on plaques I've attributed to Sheriff Hill (see below).
I always felt slightly uncomfortable hanging a whole raft of attributions on a single plate. We now have two marked plates, and a second transfer. There's still the possibility that Sheriff Hill supplied plain earthenware, marked J & P, to Maling for decoration, but I now feel it's less likely. N.B. I have no knowledge of this Tee Total transfer appearing on Maling items. The plate strengthens the Sheriff Hill attribution for the many small distinctive plaques made in the 1830s and 40s.
I've been asking around about the red transferred pattern that appears as a background. Thanks to Steven Moore who writes:
I wonder whether anyone else has objects with this particular sheet pattern? Particularly in combination with transfers I've attributed to Sheriff Hill.
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