La Bretagne was perhaps not the best place to start in making a case for the attribution of orange round-cornered plaques to Scott's of Southwick (see my two previous postings). We know that Moore & Co made orange ship plaques, and we know that transfers from the series of Crimean-era ships – to which La Bretagne belongs – appear on wares stamped Moore & Co.
I've racked my brain trying to think of a transfer uniquely associated with Scott, which appears on orange round-cornered plaques.
The Pensioner's Yarn appears on typical Scott plaques (see below).
It also appears on marked Scott wares like the plate in the photo below, taken by Northeast Auctions. Click here for their description.
And it appears on orange plaques. (Thanks to Elinor Penna for the photo below.)
I think this greatly strengthens the Scott attribution, or at least enables us to eliminate Moore & Co. I can't think of any transfers, unique to Moore & Co, which appear on these orange-bordered plaques. Or of any Moore wares with The Pensioner's Yarn transfer. Perhaps someone out there will be able to prove me wrong!
It didn't take long to find a flaw in my hypothesis. The transfer on the marked Moore & Co orange plaque (below left) also appears on plaques with rounded corners. I don't remember seeing a Scott version of this transfer. Confusion reigns!
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