CAPTAIN'S PLATE COLLECTION
I have always enjoyed rummaging
around antique and bric-a-brac shops,
and decided to start collecting , A PRESENT FROM , plates in 1983 .
It was a couple of years before
I became interested in the canals , and
discovered the connection with the traditional boatmans cabin .
The first plate bought , in Jersey
, in the April was from Hartlepool , and
cost £12 . (The most I have paid is £18 ) .
I used to visit the Channel Islands
four times a year on business and
collected 13 plates from there , obviously the Islanders visited England ,
and took home plates as presents , mainly of south coast towns-resorts .
I now have a collection of
87 plates , representing 62 different locations,
some doubles and trebles , only two identical pairs , and four of one pattern
but different locations .Most are 8 to 9 inch size with ten at about 7 inch .
The pictures show some of the collection . I am now running
available wall space in my dining room .