- Do the changes in spacing of the text 'In thee O Lord' look as if they could be accounted for by periodic flattening out of the transfer plate after it had warped?
- Is the switch over of the shading on the leaves on the left of the sprig (3rd column of photos) consistent with re-engraving over time?
- Are the styles of plaques in a logical order for the likely date they were produced?
So, back in the 1830s an enterprising engraver made at least four sets of transfer plates of these verses for the Sunderland potteries, apparently based on those used by C,C & Co in Newcastle. Scott seems to have, over time, acquired at least three of the sets. Perhaps partly to increase production, but surely also to monopolise the lucrative market in these verses. Re-engraving and restoration of the transfer plates, doesn't play as great a part as I thought, despite the long production period of these plaques. When one set of engravings wore thin, Scott could simply switch production to another. I think this is why the 'Newbottle' set doesn't appear on post-c1850s plaques, i.e. why there are no brown-bordered plaques with that transfer.
Someday, when I feel stronger, I ought to take a closer look at the 'Thou gods'!