This is the starting point for LMS builders plates in that even though letter font and size changes, this is the oval on which the MR based its later plates. The MR introduced these oval rimmed builders plates during the era of Kirtley, we do not know precicely when but the oldest surviving MAKERS examples are from 1881 and 1884, I have neither in my collection so the photograph to illustrate this pattern of builders plate is of a copy made of from an 1881 in private hands. It is thought that these plates date to the 1870s but who knows in reality. There are 3 fonts used but the Font used for DERBY is modernised by the MR and used on the later Johnson loco plates as is the rimmed oval format, made in Brass only.
These wonderfully attractive plates are thought to have stopped being used around 1887 when Johnson introduced his 'improved' makers plate.
Basic dimensions in inches- 9 & 3/4 by 5 & 13/16ths approx.
Pattern Rarity- Very rare, 2 known.
Special Features- Old English MAKERS and serif lettering.