1/17/2011 0 Comments
More unidentified Wesleys
In case anyone is labouring under the delusion that all of the Wesley transfers have now been accounted for, below are two different transfers, which don't fit any of our groups.
They are similar to the 'Southwick' Wesley, except that on the 'Southwick' transfer, the aura is spiked and flame like. On the two plaques above it is bobbly, like Brussels sprouts on a stalk. Even so, the plaques above come from different transfer plates. If you click on and move between the two images, you'll see the sprouts are in different positions.
I've put the circular unidentified plaque (below left) next to a 'Southwick' Wesley (below right) for comparison. The text on the unidentified plaque is finer, with long elegant serifs. There is a space after the 'M' in Methodist on the unidentified plaque, and a slight space after the 'o', so it reads:
'M etho dist'.
Whereas the spacing on the 'Southwick' plaque is as follows:
'Meth o dist'.
Wesley's 'aura' on the bowl (c1870?) with a Southwick mark (see my previous post), is also sprout like. However, the spacing between the lettering is consistent with the early 'Southwick' plaque (c1832), ie 'Meth o dist'. My guess is that the transfer plate was touched up (re-engraved) at some point to restore definition, and that's when the sprouts appeared. They don't match those on the orange plaque above. It would be interesting, however, to compare the transfer on the bowl to a clean example on a round-cornered orange plaque (see the end of my first 'Southwick' post).
For interest, Keith Lovell has provided an image of a second similar bowl.
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