The eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed that a couple of days ago I upgraded my description of the left plaque below (on the Prepare to meet thy god page) from 'unidentified pottery, possibly Scott' to 'attributed to Scott'.
I did this partly because of the discovery in my previous blog post, that its pair, the 'Thou God' on the right below, came from transfer plate 3, and not plate 2 as expected. (N.B. the plaque on the left comes from the plate 2 set, and the plaque on the right from the plate 3 set.) Scott is the common denominator between the two transfer sets. Had they both come from plate 2, there was a chance that they'd been made by an unidentified pottery, which later sold its plates to Scott (just as Newbottle appears to have done). If that is too mind bending, don't worry! There's another very simple reason I now believe these plaques to be Scott.
It is very difficult to get an accurate feel for a plaque by looking at a photograph. Some circular plaques are heavily potted with an edge almost a centimetre thick. Others are very fine, and as a result much lighter. I met the owner of the plaques above for dinner on Friday, and was at last able to see them in the flesh. They share a common feature with the two Scott-attributed plaques below, which have the plate 1 transfer ('in the O Lord').
All of the plaques above have what I can only describe as a chamfered back. I've added the photos below to show what I mean. The plaque mould was in two pieces, allowing a finer shape, and minimising the amount of clay used. So compared to those with flat backs, these plaques are lighter. (Myrna tells me she has one of these small rectangular plaques with a rounded back, so there is at least one variation to the rear mould.)
This provides another strong link between our Scott groups, with transfer plates 1, 2 & 3 being used on plaques apparently from the same mould. And of course, the Wesley and Clarke transfers attributed to 'Southwick', and the Charles Wesley verses, also appear on both these plaque forms.
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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.