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Post by abstract toad on February 15th 2020, 1:45 pm

A tall facetted stoneware vase with an incised signature. I won't win any prizes for making out the first name "Frank", but not at all sure how the surname reads. I am seeing "tryan".  Any help appreciated, thanks.

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Post by NaomiM on February 15th 2020, 1:53 pm

Maybe try rubbing some marmite over the base to highlight the signature

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Post by abstract toad on February 15th 2020, 2:10 pm

Thanks Naomi, I'll do that as a last resort if no one recognises the potter.
Besides, I don't want the vase smelling like bin juice 😁
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Post by NaomiM on February 15th 2020, 2:22 pm

I do it all the time; It’ll wash off easily enough Big Laughter Some recommend using cinnamon but I find it too coarse

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Post by dantheman on February 15th 2020, 3:01 pm

or a blue-tac impression

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Post by abstract toad on February 15th 2020, 6:18 pm

Thank you both, though it's back in the tub for now. I'll probably dig it out tomorrow and give one or both methods a try, cheers.
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Post by abstract toad on February 16th 2020, 3:15 pm

Tried both, the bin juice came out the winner for this piece. A little clearer, not a massive difference, but the surname (if it is that) reads as Bryan. No records of this potter, that I can find as yet.
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