1079edmund's spirit is indomitable. He's weathered the storm of multiple complaints to eBay, MSTP blog postings, an eBay listing about his enamel-faking activities, and an article in the Antiques Trade Gazette. And yet he's still listing items unabashed. However, MSTP isn't going to knock a man for doing the right thing.
1079edmund has had his paint stripper out and removed the offending enamels from his maritime verse plaque. (To see how it looked last time he listed it, see the Fake over-painted items page.) It is now described as being in 100% original condition with no chips, cracks or restoration.
I for one wish him all the best in his new honest life. One word of warning though. Buyers should watch out for shill bidding patterns (their bid being pushed up in small increments by eBay accounts with 100% activity with the seller). If you have suspicions on this score, report them to eBay and your local Trading Standards Office.
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?
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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