COLUMBUS the Largest Ship ever Built
Attributed to Bird & Co, North Shields, 1823–1826? and
Cornfoot, Colville & Co, North Shields, 1828–1832
Jugs with wheat ear decoration around the collar are associated with the above North Shields partnerships in the 1820s. However, as with the bridge transfer commonly found on these jugs, there appear to be two distinct groups of these pots. It is possible that both C,C & Co and Robert Maling's Ouseburn Pottery were producing jugs with this distinctive decoration.
Wheat-ear decorated jugs – group 1
Below are two further jugs with this version of the transfer.
Wheat-ear decorated eel pot and jug – group 2
The eel pot and jug below come from the same copper plate as the large jug above. Note the diagonal scratch just above the rear sail.
The jug below is also likely from the same transfer plate although the scratch is less obvious.
Smaller version of the transfer
In this variation of the transfer, the sails are only partially shaded. The painting of the enamels is very similar to those in group 2 above.
Attributed to Cornfoot, Carr & Co, North Shields, 1832–1838
Received wisdom has it that these green-flecked jugs were made by C,C & Co in North Shields. However, the green flecks are also typical of those found on Maling impressed plaques made at the Ouseburn Bridge Pottery. I have recently acquired a green-flecked jug that shares a transfer with these firmly attributed Maling plaques. So we know that Robert Maling made at least some of these green-flecked jugs.
The jugs above and below come from the same transfer plate as the items from wheat ear decorated group 2 above (left detail). Note again the diagonal scratch above the rear sail. It appears that the transfer plate has been re-engraved for use on these green-flecked jugs.