Pirate (Paul Jones, Byron)
Attributed to Walker & Co, Seaham Pottery
The transfer has at some time been titled as Paul Jones (see centre and right below). At other times, he has been identified as Byron, who had associations with Seaham.
The detail near right is from the jug above, and far right from the plaque. The eyes of the pirate are closer together on the first detail from the jug. At first I thought there might be two copper plates, but now think it more likely there was a crease made in the transfer while applying it over a curved surface.
The central ship transfer to this bowl appears to be unique to Seaham. This transfer appears on the Seaham 'Prima' Jug (see below right) in the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collection.
The jug below has a tall shape and distinctive enamels which are features associated with items attributed to Seaham.
Attributed to John Carr & Sons, North Shields
We know that transfer plates used at Seaham Pottery turn up at North Shields, c1850. John Hedley Walker, the owner of the Seaham Pottery, moved his operations to Carr's Hill Pottery near Gateshead in 1849. 'Carr's Hill' refers to a village, and not to the North Shields potter of the same name. However, this does provide a plausible explanation for why the copper plates might have migrated northwards to Tyneside.
Ian Holmes has noted that the distinctive lustre decoration (last image) is found on items attributed to Thomas Fell and Carr. It appears that the enameller moved around. The Hardy Sailor verse has not yet been recorded on a Seaham item.
This bowl has wavy lustre decoration typical of John Carr. It also has an impressed London mark known to have been used by North Shields.