Thanks to Libby Graham for getting in touch and sending details of the tee-total plaque, left below. There are two very similar variations of this transfer, shown below, which appear on small circular plaques associated with C,C & Co (click on the images to enlarge and to move between them). I looked at the differences between these transfers in November last year. The plaques have very similar lustre decoration, and are almost identical in size (see bottom left and right).
The great thing about Libby's plaque is that it has the C,C & Co impressed mark (below right). That's not to say that the other plaque wasn't made by C,C & Co also. Given their similarity, it seems likely that it was.
The C,C & Co mark is most often attributed to Cornfoot, Colville & Co, of the North Shields Pottery. However, we know from press releases that that partnership dissolved in 1832. The pottery was then run by Cornfoot, Carr & Co, (1832–1838) who continued to use the C,C & Co impress. Tee-totalism took off in the late 1820s, so the plaque could have been made by either partnership.
Keith Bell has found out some more snippets regarding the changes in partnerships as follows:
1) An advert from the Newcastle Courant of 23rd August 1828 announcing the firm of "Cornfoot, Colville & Co" commencing their operations from 13th August 1828. The pottery was sold at auction on 8th January that year (Lot 16) as part of the sale of the assets of Nicholas Bird when he went bankrupt.
2) An advert from the Newcastle Courant of 28th May 1831 announcing the
sale of the lease of the pottery at the Low Lights and dated 26th May 1831.
Thanks Keith, I have updated the North Shields Pottery partnerships page with this new information.
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