For an overview of maritime plaques, click on the Maritime heading above. Click on images to enlarge.
The plaques above have the latin motto 'DEUS DABIT VELA', which translates as 'God will fill the sails'. The first three plaques, c1845-55, are attributed to Newbottle High Pottery. The next two have transfers from the same copper plate but are attributed to Moore's, c1860. The plaque with the leaf border pairs with the Gardener's Arms on the Emblems and armorials page, from an as-yet-unidentified pottery.
The first plaque aboves is attributed to Moore's, c1860s. The orange plaque, from the same transfer plate, is attributed to Scott's, c1870s. These plaques are extremely rare. The transfer more commonly appears on jugs and bowls, most often with orange lustre.
The first plaque above has the initials 'JH' under the compass. On the second and third plaques, attributed to John Carr's Low Lights Pottery, the initials have been partially shaded out.
The first three plaques above are from the Garrison Pottery (Dixon), and can be found with both the Dixon, Phillips & Co anchor impress, and 'Dixon Co', used after 1850. The last plaque is clearly printed from a different transfer plate titled 'Mariners' Compass' – note the position of the apostrophe.
Several variations of decoration of perhaps the most attractive version of the Mariner's Compass are shown below. The figure on the left appears to be a young John Bull with an anchor, and on the right is Britannia with a lion and shield.
The first five plaques are attributed to Newbottle High Pottery, c1845-55. The rest are attributed to Moore's, c1860s.
Come Box the Compass
Above left, a Tyneside plaque, likely Maling, from circa 1850. Above right, a Moore's plaque from the 1860s or 70s. Both titled 'Come Box the Compass', and extremely rare. The transfers more commonly appear on jugs and bowls.