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Post by r-and-f on Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:21 pm

A large stoneware tankard with a fantastic tenmoku glaze, mainly brown if you're right-handed, mainly black if (like me) you're left-handed. The upper half of the seal is filled with glaze.

Everything about it screams Lowerdown to me, and the visible lower part of the seal could be the bottom stroke of the Lowerdown L. But there's no way to tell if this signifies the generic L+ mark or David Leach's personal LD mark.

Or maybe it's not the bottom of an L at all? Maybe it's something else entirely?

Any comments, please?

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Post by NaomiM on Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:00 pm

Definitely a Lowerdown tankard. I think the mark is the L+ where the + has a split tail. It’s not an LD mark

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t9953p25-lowerdown-pottery#141537

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Post by r-and-f on Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:09 pm

Thank you Naomi. That's it! I've never seen the Lowerdown cross with a bifurcated tail. Any idea if it has some particular significance?
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Post by NaomiM on Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:17 pm

I assumed it was an early version of the mark. Tbh I don’t even know why he used a cross in the first place Shrugs

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Post by studio-pots on Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:45 pm

The site of the bungalow and pottery is near a cross roads at Lowerdown, which is just a few houses. That's my understanding and it was called that before David bought the property.

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Post by NaomiM on Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:15 pm

Cheers.

Other Leachs have potted there over the decades and it’s possible each would have made their own version of the Lowerdown stamp, just as potters training at Winchcombe made their own WP stamps

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