Please read my previous blog post on the 'Maling' Wesley first. I've seen fewer Clarke plaques (of the kind below) than Wesleys.
The below left plaque has distinctive green-flecked brush stokes and is, on that basis, attributed to Maling. It has a diagonally hatched background with distinctive flaws. Compare it with the 'non-Maling' blue-bordered plaque (below right). The diagonal hatching to Clarke's right, continues lower on the 'Maling' version. Compare, also, the jagged edge on the bottom of Clarke's jacket. However, the easiest way to distinguish the 'Maling' Clarke is that the full stop and letter 'F' in FSA, have merged into each other so it looks like a letter 'E'. In contrast 'LLD' and 'FSA' on the 'non-Maling' plaque aren't punctuated. (Click on the images to enlarge, and to navigate between them.)
All of the following plaques are the 'Maling' Clarke. Like the Wesley, the 'Maling' Clarke appears on plaques with leaf-moulded borders.
It also appears on pink-lustre plaques and black and yellow bordered plaques without leaf borders.
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