Last year I obsessed about a Moore attribution for brown-bordered plaques. The good thing about a sound attribution is that the more items that turn up, the stronger the attribution becomes. The four plaques below, I think, further strengthen the argument that the brown-bordered plaques were made by Moore's and not Scott's. Although all the plaques below are unmarked, few would dispute that the first plaque is Moore's, because the pink-bordered decoration is very typical of that pottery and found on many marked pieces.
The first thing to note is that the brown-bordered plaques are usually larger than their pink counterparts. Here are the two Odd Fellows plaques laid side by side. The brown-bordered plaque is almost an inch longer on either side.
But now look at the two Sailor's Farewells, which you would expect to be the same size. Although they both have brown borders, one plaque is about an inch shorter than the other on either side.
So despite their different decoration, the two smaller plaques look as if they came from the same mould. The small Sailor's Farwell is perhaps a transitional item made around 1860, before Moore's abandoned their smaller moulds in favour of bigger plaques.
Finally look at the decoration of the two Odd Fellows plaques. It is hard to believe that they weren't decorated in the same pottery.
So if the two smaller plaques came from the same mould, they were likely potted in the same place. If the two Odd Fellows plaques have the same decoration, they were likely decorated in the same place. And that place seems most likely to be Moore's.
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