My friend Myrna has talked about the existence of a pottery God, who occasionally smiles on collectors, allowing them to track down a yearned for and elusive object – perhaps to complete a series or to pair. Well, I'm now a believer. In my October 15th blog post, I put out a request for an image of a rare hand-painted ship plaque I'd bid on several years ago. I hoped the collector who bought it might get in touch. They didn't (they very seldom do). But the plaque came up for auction a couple of weeks later in the US, and it now sits on my shelves. So here's that better image I wanted.
The ship is more proficiently painted than I'd imagined. Clearly the design is incomplete, as it has rubbed away over the years. A few finely painted curves in the upper half give scant clues to what is missing. The plaque has an indistinct 'Dixon Co' impress (see below).
I will shortly add the image to the rare ships page, so it can sit together with its pair.
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.