Thanks to Harold Crowder for getting in touch and sharing photos of his collection. Below are 9 variations of decoration I hadn't seen before. Top left and right, attributed to Maling. Top centre and all of second row attributed to Sheriff Hill. Bottom left attributed to Staffordshire. And bottom centre and right, Dixon Austin & Co. More colourful than a selection of Liquorice Allsorts, I would gladly make space for any one of them on my walls.
Most exciting, for me at least, is the circular plaque below titled 'R Raikes', 'Founder of Sunday schools'. I've attributed this series of preachers to Wallace & Co. The black and yellow border is, however, similar to those used by Dixon Austin & Co. One day, I'd love to see one of these plaques in the flesh, to get a feeling for the weight of the potting, etc.
If you'd like to see Harold's plaques, they are on display in the World Methodist Council Museum in the US.
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.