Below are photos of other verse plaques from the same series as the 'Prepare' in my previous blog post. The 'Thou God' appears on small rectangular plaques (180 mm x 140 mm) with a moulded flower in each corner. The circular plaque below once had a red and green border, but the green has worn away. This first row of plaques are likely c 1830s–1840s. The second row of plaques are attributed to Carr (c1850s–1870s).
The 'Rejoice' transfer appears on the same early plaque forms. However, I've never seen one on the smaller Carr-attributed plaque form (like the bottom left above; group 2 in my July 30th blog post). The other verses on that plaque form are relatively common, so if a 'Rejoice' had been made in similar quantities, I'd certainly know about it. Perhaps a 'Rejoice' transfer plate was never made with 'twiddly bits' in each corner.
'God is Love' appears on all of the rectangular plaque forms, including the form similar to Maling (top right). I haven't yet seen a circular one, but I'm sure there must be one out there. N.B. the earlier plaques are rarer, and I've only ever seen one circular 'Rejoice'. The bottom centre plaque has a rare cobalt blue transfer. More on that below.
Cobalt blue transfers on plaques are exceptionally rare. These are the only three I know of, and they are all on the smaller 'group 2' plaques attributed to John Carr. Interestingly, none of these plaques has a transfer that appears on the larger Carr-attributed plaques.
The last few weeks' blog posts are the sum of my knowledge on John Carr. Perhaps you have a missing part of the puzzle: a jug with one of the transfers above, another plaque with a Carr impress, blue transfer or a London impressed mark? If so, please share!
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