Thanks to Ian Holmes for sending me the photo below. He recently bought the bottom right plaque and noted similarities with two others in his collection. The large rectangular plaque is marked 'Dixon Co'. Ian describes the decoration under the verse as 'colliding meteorites'! It shares that feature with the smaller rectangular plaque, bottom left. The other decoration on that plaque bears a startling similarity to the circular plaque beside it. Seeing them together it seems likely that they all came from the Garrison Pottery (Dixon and partners).
The wonky lettering is also familiar. Compare Ian's new plaque (top left, below) with the brown and yellow plaque beside it, attributed to Dixon. The serifs are different on the 'G' and 'S', but the artless spacing of the words is very similar. The plaques also appear to come from similar moulds. Beneath them are two further Garrison plaques, the bottom left with the impressed mark 'Dixon, Austin & Co'.
Pink-lustre Garrison plaques of this period are less common than their black/brown and yellow counterparts. The revelation for me is the small rectangular plaque in Ian's first photo, which was previously unattributed. The plaques below also fall into that category. The first three have variations of the colliding meteorites. None of them is marked. However, only the bottom right plaque is similar enough to merit a Dixon attribution. More work is needed to include the others in the group.
Note the lettering detail (below left) from the bottom right plaque above, and compare it to the detail from Ian's small rectangular plaque (below right). Very similar strokes from the same hand.
I have added the new attributions to the Dixon page. As always, if you have a plaque with similar decoration, please get in touch.
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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.