Masons' Arms – Tyne jugs
Attributed to Bird & Co, North Shields, 1823–1826?
Wheat-ear decorated jug – pre-1828
This appears to be the earliest incarnation of imprints from this transfer plate. Note in the first detail below the diagonal shading around the beehive and 7 bees.
Attributed to Cornfoot, Colville & Co, North Shields, 1828–1832
Wheat-ear decorated jug – 1828
By 1828 the transfer plate had been re-engraved, perhaps by the new proprietors, C,C&Co, Note there are now only 6 bees, and horizontal shading overlays the diagonal shading around the beehive.
Attributed to Cornfoot, Carr & Co, North Shields, 1832–1838
Green-flecked decorated jug – group 1
Below another jug from this plate with a transfer of Hope under the spout, replacing the hand-painted anchor in earlier wares.
Later examples of these jugs have yellow enamels.
The left photo is a detail from the jug above, inscribed 1833. The centre detail is from the 1828 wheat-ear jug above. Both have diagonal marks (circled in red on the middle photo) that do not appear on the pre-1828 wheat-ear jug (right detail). It appears that all the items above came from the same transfer plate, re-engraved at various points over a long period of use.
Attributed to Robert Maling, Ouseburn Bridge Pottery or...
Cornfoot, Carr & Co, North Shields, 1832–1838
Green-flecked decorated jug – group 2
This transfer comes from a different plate to all those above. Note, the row of blocks above the words Mason's Arms are not diagonally shaded (see below).