4/21/2010 0 Comments
Orange ship plaque
Other than the occasional 'Albion' marked plaque, there's a tendency to attribute anything with orange borders to Ball's Deptford Pottery. The plaque below, which came up on eBay this week, says otherwise.
Although the mark is difficult to read (below), it appears to be 'MOORE & Co'. This is supported by the impressed 'M' beneath it. Also, there are many pink lustre plaques of this form, with 'MOORE & Co' impressed on them. According to Baker, Moore's pottery closed down in 1874. Ball's Pottery made orange lustre wares, just over the river, around the 1870s. It therefore seems probable that this plaque was made towards the end of Moore's production period, although the modelling still looks reasonably crisp. It would be interesting to know how heavily potted it is - earlier plaques tend to be lighter.
Odd plaques like this with impressed or printed marks, can add hugely to our knowledge. If any collectors reading this have similar plaques, please get in touch.
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