Below is a great plaque that got away. New to collecting lustreware, I didn't fully appreciate its rarity when it came up for sale seven or eight years ago. It now resides in Dick Henrywood's plaque collection. Perhaps best known for his work on transferware (particularly blue and white), Dick has also written two excellent articles on lustre plaques for 'Antique Collecting' magazine (see references). My thanks to him for his help and encouragement over the last few years, and for letting me use this photo.
You can read about the plaque on the Portraits sub-page.
A month has passed since I started to post plaques on this website. Google indicates that Mate Sound the Pump has had over a 100 unique visitors, from 10 US states, Canada, 25 UK cities and three European countries, and one hit from Hong Kong.
If anyone out there has photos of plaques or snippets of knowledge to share, 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.