You seem sort of restless about these two plates! Well, the description you have so far is broadly right. The maker is Ralph Hall, who worked in partnership with his brother John, but then at some point also began to work in his own name and by 1822 the partnership was ended and he worked Swan Bank Pottery, Tunstall. In 1836 he took his son, also called Ralph into partnership and died in 1838. His son continued until 1849, when he retired.
Podmore Walker & Co had worked other potteries in Tunstall from 1834 and in 1849 took the Swan Bank Pottery from Ralph Hall & Co. (not in 1853 as some suggest).
The pattern is clearly named Asiatic Pheasants, as that appears on the backstamp. Asiatic Pheasants was to go on to have an illustrious career, as by 1880 it was the most popular pattern in production and made by many, many makers, outselling even Willow at this time. It was 99% printed in pale blue and often with a standard backstamp, with only initials to identify the maker.
Podmore Walker were prolific makers of Asiatic Pheasants and claimed on their backstamps to be the Original Makers. Later when they became Wedgwood & Co that claim was continued. The story goes that they actually "inherited" the pattern from Ralph Hall, when they took over Swan Bank Pottery, from the Hall family.
The only flaw in that story is that Ralph Hall's Asiatic Pheasants pattern is rather more refined and subtly different from the Podmore Walker and later version. However, it does appear to be broadly true.
Ralph Hall made extensively for the North American market and his Asiatic Pheasants is found almost exclusively in the USA printed in black, although examples printed in pink are recorded.
We have a small platter in black with the printed R Hall backstamp and HALL impressed (we bought it in the USA). Personally I would date this to about 1830, but possibly a little later say 1835.
Your plates are part of this same Ralph Hall production. There is nothing mysterious about them. They are not rare, but then they are not common, sort of nicely in between. Pieces turn up for sale once a year or maybe every other year.
You have emailed me direct and we will continue the value discussion there!
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