Many printed marks of this period bear the initials 'M & H' c1845 to 1850 - Incised or impressed mark on early Parian figures. c1850 to 1870 - Painted Mark 'Ermine' indicating a special soft glaze.
Earliest recorded use May 1850 on the Godden Collection.
The backs are marked with an impressed B4 1/2 (the 1/2 is impressed as a proper 1 over 2 fraction), and there is a hand painted '14' in a reddish-brown color on all plates.
One plate has an additional hand painted mark of two small vertical dashes with a longer vertical line to the right; this mark can also be seen as two horizontal dashes with a longer horizontal line beneath(and looks somewhat like an emoticon smiley face).
We have tried to include as many pottery marks as possible, but also tried to avoid too much duplication.The seller did not know the maker or date, but I have identified them as Minton, circa 1845, through are a variation of the cuckoo pattern, with a handpainted turquoise rim.The pattern appears to be stamped, with the colors being hand-enameled.You can also try searching for the potter in the search box above.Including various marks from a range of British and European pottery and porcelain manufacturers.Thomas Minton founded his factory in around 1796 in Stoke-upon-Trent.