I'm now feeling strong enough to look again at the 'Prepare' transfers. This time with the angel facing left. The first three plaques below are from the Garrison Pottery, Sunderland. The first is unmarked and could have been made as early as c1830. The second has the Dixon, Phillips & Co anchor impressed mark, used c1834–c1850. The third plaque has the impressed mark 'Dixon Co', which appears to have been used from c1850–1865. The fourth and fifth plaques are of forms associated with Scott of Southwick. The final orange plaque is of a form attributed to Moore & Co. The exciting thing is that all of these plaques have transfers from the same copper plate. (Click on the images to enlarge.)
So how can I be so sure? There is a small black dot to the lower right of the first leaf on the left sprig, hovering about 1cm above the first 'R' in prepare. This fault on the transfer plate reproduces every time a transfer is printed. The above photos offer a glimpse of the varied use of one transfer plate over nearly 50 years.
In 1865, when the Garrison Pottery closed, it looks as if Scott's Southwick Pottery bought the transfer plate. The penultimate plaque above emulates a form used by Galloway and Atkinson, who took over the Albion Pottery in 1864. So Scott recycled an old Dixon transfer, on a brand-new plaque form.
It's not surprising that the transfer also appears on the orange Moore & Co plaque form. As shown in my last blog post, Scott transfers often appear on plaques from moulds associated with Moore.
There are at least two other transfer plates with the angel facing left, which weren't used by either Dixon or Scott. I'll try to pick through their differences sometime soon.
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