I bought the bowl below on eBay recently. It was listed as Staffordshire, presumably because it lacks lustre decoration, but I think it was made in Tyneside. It has a small firing flaw, so was probably sold undecorated as a factory second.
I bought it because the ship transfers matched those found on plaques (see below). The central column of photos shows the transfer on each plaque. The right column of photos shows the transfer on the bowl. I'm satisfied the first two plaques have transfers from the same transfer plates as the bowl. The last, however, has subtle differences: boats on the horizon; seagulls.
Below are the three verses on the bowl (click to enlarge). The verse on the bottom left appears on plaques attributed to Scott and Carr. This version is most similar to the Scott transfer (bottom right). However, it is from a different transfer plate. (Incidentally, if you look at the top right corner of the verse you'll see the firing flaw I talked about above.)
So who made the bowl? My hunch is John Carr. Look at the quality of the lustre on the plaque below left with the Carr impressed mark. The edges are scuffed and the lustre has faded and rubbed in the same way as the first two ship plaques above. There's also something about the way the lustre is applied, with splashes at regular intervals, almost like stripes.
Obviously I'll have to do more to convince you! And there's still the problem of the third ship transfer, which doesn't match that on the bowl. It's the most common of the three and has several variants.
Perhaps you have a jug or bowl with one of the three verses above? If so, please get in touch.
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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