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Post by abstract toad on June 9th 2018, 3:12 pm

No doubting this naively decorated piece has a few years behind it, but from where it hails I do not know. I do not think it is Torquay ware related, more likely from the opposite end of the country I think, though please correct me if wrong.

The markings to the base are clear & obvious, does anyone recognise them?

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Post by abstract toad on June 9th 2018, 3:13 pm

Once again, my apologies for the pictures, they should be the right way around.
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Post by philpot on June 9th 2018, 4:35 pm

MMXV are the Latin numerals for 2015. So possibly not very old.
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Post by abstract toad on June 9th 2018, 5:06 pm

I will be really surprised if its that recent, but stranger things have happened. It feels old, like me!
Thanks for the feedback Phil.
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Post by Essenjay on June 10th 2018, 11:41 pm

Looks like Ironbridge so maybe a Shropshire potter?
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Post by philpot on June 11th 2018, 6:48 am

Ironbridge might well chime with its 'touristy' look. An applique piece on a pretty standard studio mug. Lots of 'Olde Giftee Shopees' in Ironbridge over the years. Or else something from one of those 'Make your own' pottery shops, which would possibly explain that dating.
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Post by abstract toad on June 11th 2018, 10:42 am

I did wonder if it was a hobby jobby, though was hoping to hear it was made at some old obscure pottery that barely anyone has heard of.
My partner thinks it is modern & hideous, which is a bit strong, but we are all entitled to an opinion.


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Post by philpot on June 11th 2018, 7:22 pm

You can tell a lot from the base. Generally Old pottery looks old on the base! Wear and tear, an unglazed earthenware base darkens as it picks up dirt and such like., scratch marks etc. Even more so in a mug such as this which is designed to be used.
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Post by abstract toad on June 12th 2018, 8:11 am

Thank you for the tips Phil Happy
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