The Sailor's Tear – Sunderland
Garrison Pottery 1
Two imprints from the same copper plate, the first with coloured enamels, and likely earlier, c1840s. The second is typical of the Garrison pottery, from a jug with the inscription 'Robert & Margaret Gove' and dated 1850.
The transfer has a unique flaw – a long downstroke on the letter 'H' at the start of the poem's first line.
Finally a Robert Peel jug, also c1850, which has the same flaw on the letter 'H'.
Garrison Pottery 2
This distinctive version of the transfer appears on wash ewers and bowls. This transfer plate appears to have been later sold to Moore's Pottery. The second bowl has similarities of decoration with that pottery.
On later imprints there are some scratches, most notably through the word 'friends'. This appears on all the items above except the plaque, which is likely earlier in date.
Scott and Sons, Southwick Pottery, 1829–1841.
Above, a tankard with the printed mark under the verse 'Scott & Sons Southwick'. Below a jug with the same transfer.
The decoration around the collar of the jug and under the spout is typical of Scott's pottery and was used as late as 1860. This jug c1840.
Scott Brothers and Co, Southwick Pottery, 1841–1872
This is the same transfer as above, but with the mark obliterated. It seems likely that the printed mark 'Scott & Sons' was erased when the partnership changed at the Southwick Pottery.
The transfer on this c1847 bowl is smudged, and difficult to read (see the relevant Mariner's Compass page
The Sailor's Tear – Tyneside
John Carr and Sons, North Shields – Seaham transfer
This transfers on this bowl come from the same copper plate as the Seaham-attributed bowl above. However, this bowl below was likely made after the pottery's closure, which appears to be c1852. The London impressed mark was used by several Tyneside potteries when making wares for a London retailer. This particular London impress is know to have been used by Carr around 1860.
The lustre decoration around the transfer is typical of North Shields.
Attributed to Carr and Patton, or
John Carr and Sons, North Shields – plate 2
This highly lustred and finely potted bowl could easily be confused with wares from Dixon's Garrison Pottery. However, the variations of the more common transfers that it carries (Mariners' Arms, Mariners' Compass, etc) are all found on objects attributable to Carr.
The bowl below has sepia coloured transfers associated with Carr. The verse 'On Time' and the bridge transfer in the centre are peculiar to Tyneside.
The verse transfer on these bowls comes from the same copper plate as the jugs below. Note the two small nicks above the smaller flower and the leaf to its left in these details (second bowl far left, jug near left). The jugs in the section below share scratches that don't appear on the bowls, suggesting they were made at a later date.
Both these jugs have a diagonal scratch to the left of the first 'T' in the title. And a small diagonal mark, where the engraver slipped, under the 'H' that starts the first line.
This pedestal bowl looks like a later imprint of the transfer plate above, although there is no remnant of any of the marks on the bowl and jugs above. The wavy lustre decoration is typical of Carr, c1870. The impressed London mark with anchor was known to be used by Carr's pottery.
John Carr and Sons, North Shields
A marked John Carr and Sons bowl from c1870s with orange lustre.
A completely different rendering of the verse from a jug from the Newcastle Pottery.
The short spout and deep purple splash lustre are typical of the Newcastle Pottery. This distinctive transfer of The Foresters Arms appears on Newcastle jugs with a yellow stripe.
Thomas Fell, St Peter's Pottery
A very similar transfer to that on the Newcastle jug above. This jug is attributed to Fell on the basis of the distinctive lustre decoration, elements of which are found on plaques with the Fell impress. The over-glaze transfers of Fell items from this period have a sooty quality.
The other transfers on the jug shown below with a frog mug of similar age and decoration.