Four sandwich tiles, inlaid plastic clay brown body, forming a repeat pattern of pale blue eight-point stars and rosettes and brown circles on a white ground, all under a clear glaze. Maker's mark on reverse.
- Factory in: Stoke-on-Trent
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Staffordshire,Stoke-on-Trent)
- Length: 15 centimetres
- Width: 15 centimetres
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentMINTON & CO / PATENT / STOKE UPON TRENT
Inscription CommentAustwick 90, with regular grid of holes impressed, and with incorrect Design Registration mark for 16 October 1879, parcel no 16 (PRO no.341500) and '4'.
This tile was probably intended for a civic or domestic interior. See Stoke 1984, 64 for a similar sandwich tile with Design Registration mark for 22 January 1880. This tile design appears in the PRO Design Registration Book under 22 January 1880, No. 345493, registered by Minton Hollins & Co; therefore this tile is incorrectly stamped. The eight-point star motif is based on 15th-century Moorish tiles from Spain.
10 June 1994
Reason for treatment
Surface dirt, chip broken of corner of tile 19d.
Chip replaced on tile 19d using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper. Back and sides of tiles sealed with 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a paint brush. Tiles adhered to the roughened surface of an aluminium backing plate with Araldite 2005 (epoxy) mixed with Cab-o-sil (fumed silica). Any excess around the edge of the tiles wiped off with tissue and acetone.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCT1792
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