Anyone who has followed this blog will know I'm a sucker for a hand-painted religious verse. They don't come up very often, but this summer has turned up an embarrassment of riches.
Firstly, here's a broken 'Prepare' plaque that appeared in a job lot. It is tiny: 137 x 117mm. It's of a form I've attributed to Sheriff Hill, as is the circular plaque beside it, painted in the same font.
Staying on Tyneside, I've attributed the plaque below left to C, C & Co, on the basis of its similarity to the plaque below right, which has an impressed mark. I love the brown and yellow plaque with its doom-laden verse.
The next pair is spectacular. Although unmarked, I've attributed the plaques to Dixon, Austin & Co, on the basis of decorative similarities to marked plaques. It is possible that these verses, like the other rarer ones in this post, are unique and were made to order.
The next plaque has the text 'I know that my redeemer Liveth'. It is apparently from the same mould as the 'Thou God' beside it, and is painted in similar colours and font. They are from an as-yet unidentified pottery.
Finally, here's a plaque from the same group in my June 15th blog entry. In fact, it provides the missing link between a group of plaques I now feel confident attributing to Dixon, Phillips & Co. I have added a new page in their honour.
So this plaque, unlike the others above, likely belongs to the 1850s or even 60s. This is much later than we'd normally suppose for a small circular plaque. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has a jug, bowl, mug, plate or plaque with any of the decorative elements shown on the Dixon, Phillips & Co page.
Here's another hand-painted plaque I'd desperately like to catch up with: 'Salvation Cometh from The Lord'. It came up for auction in May 2007, and I'd love a better photo.
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.