Thinking about the date of this plaque has made me question the date of another. On the dates page, I've suggested that the Garibaldi plaques below were made to commemorate his stay in Tyneside in 1854. Wikipedia writes that Garibaldi 'arrived on March 21, 1854. Garibaldi, already a popular figure on Tyneside, was welcomed enthusiastically by local workingmen, although the Newcastle Courant reported that he refused an invitation to dine with dignitaries in the city. He stayed in South Shields on Tyneside for over a month, departing at the end of April 1854. During his stay, he was presented with an inscribed sword'.
The hero replies, 'Ah! I wonder whether my countrymen will remember me three hundred years hence!'
So do our Shakespeare and Garibaldi plaques form a pair? I'm afraid not. The Garibaldi plaques are stamped 'Dixon Co', and the Shakespeare plaque 'Moore & Co'. It's open to question whether the Dixon plaques could have been made to celebrate this later visit by Garibaldi to the UK. The Dixon (Garrison) pottery closed in 1865. If they were produced in 1864, that would have been within the pottery's dying breaths. My gut feeling is that the earlier date of 1854 is more likely.
Of course, the Shakespeare plaque is so rare, there may be an equally rare Garibaldi, by Moore & Co, out there somewhere to pair.