Thomas Fell inscriptions
Attributed to Thomas Fell, St Peter's Pottery, Newcastle
All the attributions on this page stem from decorative similarities with the plaques below, from the 1840s. The top and second left plaques have Fell impressed marks, shown beside them.
From about 1850 onwards, this enameller appears to have left Newcastle and gone to work in Sunderland at the Garrison Pottery. The large rectangular plaque to the right is marked Dixon Co. The smaller plaques beneath it are presumably Thomas Fell (photo Ian Holmes). Below a Dixon jug by the same hand from 1859.
Inscriptions in date order
In the right image below, the name of the ship, 'Alpha', has been painted on the flag.
Although undated, this jug has the same ship transfer as the jug above, this time repurposed as 'Sir Bourchier Wrey'.
This jug is a bit of a departure from the norm, and in the absence of transfers is harder to attribute. However, both the text and the decorative flourishes have similarities with items on this page. Compare the first 'J' with the 'Jesus Wept' plaque above.
A jug dated 1843, and another with similar flowers. but no inscription.
Photos courtesy of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park (photo by Harminder Judge).
Gaudy Welsh items
Although the second mug below is dated 1816, it was more likely made for a 30th anniversary present in 1846.
Norman Lowe has identified James Clark Gilson as being born in Tynemouth in 1844.
The bowl above, from the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums collection, has an inscription 'Be Canny with the Sugar'. Another is shown below with a similarly inscribed jug below 'Be canny with the cream'.
Later Fell-attributed items
This jug has the Mariners' Compass transfer with the initials JH shaded over. Read more at the end of this page.