Ian Sharp has just listed the fabulous plaque below on his website (click here to see the listing). Unusually, the transfer is printed in blue. The transfer is similar in design to a plaque in my collection (which Ian sold me a couple of years ago) with a Wallace & Co impressed mark. Ian's plaque below is, however, unmarked.
Compare the three plaques below and their details. The plaque in the centre has the Wallace & Co impress. The plaque on the right has an unusual printed border (click to enlarge) but no garland around the verse, and no impressed mark.
The angels (first detail) are very similar to those that appear on verse plaques from Scott, Moore and C.C.& Co. However, the crossed sprigs of leaves below the verse (second detail) don't appear on verse transfers from any other pottery.
The first two plaques above, despite similarities of design, clearly come from different transfer plates. Compare the flowers in the second detail. However, the similarities are striking enough for us to attribute the first plaque to Wallace & Co.
The second and third plaque come from the same transfer plate. Note the scratch above the letter 'H' in the third detail. The garland was simply trimmed off before applying the transfer to the third plaque. This is exciting for me, as I'd never linked the two plaques until last night.
I've seen many 10s of plaques with this verse from Scott, Moore and C.C.& Co. However, after nearly 15 years of collecting, these are the only three 'Wallace' versions I'm aware of. You can read a little more about the pottery on the Wallace & Co page.
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.