West View of Cast Iron Bridge... (rectangular) – bridge 14
Phillips & Co, Sunderland Pottery
The mug above, which could be as early as 1813, has a crisp imprint with the printed mark 'J Phillips & Co. Sunderland. 1813'. Until I saw this imprint, I thought that the engraver slipped below the first lamp post to the right of the centre of the bridge, creating a diagonal scratch. However, I think this is the long pennant flag of the ship in the foreground (last detail).
The imprint on the first jug below is much lighter, which makes comparison of the transfers difficult, but all three have the diagonal flag described above. This does not appear on the 'Dixon & Co' marked items (see section below).
Below, a jug shown with 'Ascent of Aerial Balloon' transfer. There's a similar jug from the Willett Collection, shown in Baker, p61, and dated 1813–1819. However, the Phillips version of the bridge transfer was likely phased out in 1818 when the Dixon, Austin & Co partnership began. I have not recorded any examples with pink lustre.
Dixon & Co, Sunderland Pottery
Above an early imprint of the Dixon transfer on a creamware jug. Interestingly, the transfer with the 'Dixon & Co. Sunderland' printed mark is also dated '1813'. The Dixon, Austin & Co partnership did not commence until 1818, and the Sunderland Pottery was operating on one site (the Garrison Pottery) in 1813. So the Garrison Pottery was apparently producing items with both Dixon and Phillips transfers at the same time. Below, a pair of pink-lustre marriage jugs and three others similar, likely from the early to mid 1820s. The last has a hand-painted image of a ship.
Below two later imprints from the 1830s with coloured over enamels. The details from the first jug. The second with a personal inscription and the date 1831.
The Nelson commemorative jug below has an inscription '1839' and this version of the bridge transfer. Interestingly, the imprint from the transfer is stronger on this later jug.
Dixon, Phillips & Co, Garrison Pottery
The Dixon, Phillips & Co version, post 1839, has no printed maker's mark under the transfer. Earlier versions of these plaques (pre c1850) are found with the Dixon, Phillips & Co impressed mark, with a fouled anchor.
Below is a jug that, from its lustre decoration, I could easily have attributed to Carr and Patton in North Shields. However, there is a diagonal scratch on the sail in the foreground, next to the broken wall, that also appears on the items above.
Below are two bowls with a degraded version of the transfer, perhaps late 1850s, just before the opening of the new bridge.