Over the last year and a half, Ian Holmes has made many fantastic contributions to this site, which would be a much less interesting place without his input. I'm amazed by the breadth of his collection, which mingles the fine and rare, with quite humble objects like those below, which might escape the attention of other collectors. Click to enlarge.
Take a look at the latest page of his website, United Collections, written in response to my recent posts on Tynemouth and North Shields. There's enough there to keep me thinking for weeks, trying to reassemble the pieces. And most excitingly, two bowls with London impressed marks.
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.