Mate Sound The Pump is a year old. Google tells me the site has had 4431 visits from 1909 visitors, from 67 countries worldwide, 43 US states, and 266 UK cities. A huge thank you to everyone for taking, on average, 5 minutes and 24 seconds, per visit, to look.
To mark the anniversary, I've posted another 200 images across the website. Some of the most interesting are from my recent re-visit to Elinor Penna's amazing collection in New York. Elinor collects and deals in the Victorian pottery I love – Staffordshire figures, Sunderland lustre, bargeware... Thank you Elinor for your hospitality. Here are some personal highlights below.
Towards the end of January is New York Antiques Week. So there were familiar British faces in the US at the Ceramics Fair – Martyn Edgell, John Howard and Philip Carrol – all of whom occasionally have plaques. And I met some great US natives – Peggy Sutor, Bill Shaeffer and Rick Hall – selling Staffordshire at the Pier Show. There were some impressive lustreware jugs offered by Malcolm Magruder and Dennis and Dad Antiques, and a good selection of children's plates etc at Leatherwood Antiques. I even managed to find an affordable plaque (below) from Virginia Newell, which came back to the UK with me.
Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to the site. The gaps look a little smaller a year on. But there are still many, many plaques to be recorded. If you have even just one of them, please get in touch.
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.