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  • Place of origin:

    Poole (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stabler, Harold, born 1872 - died 1945 (designer)
    Carter & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    earthenware, moulded and spray-glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by London Transport

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 144, The Headley Trust Gallery, case EXP

This is one of a series of moulded relief tiles designed by Harold Stabler for use on London Underground stations. This design, incorporating five martletts, is the arms of the City of Westminster.

The tiles were commissioned from Carter & Co. by Frank Pick who was vice-chairman of London Passenger Transport Board and president of the Design and Industries Association. They were used mainly on the City Line improvements carried out in the 1930s and may still be seen there.

Physical description

Tile; heraldic design consisting of 5 martlets in a 2,1,2 formation, in relief on a beige ground. The arms of the City of Westminster.

Place of Origin

Poole (made)


ca.1939 (made)


Stabler, Harold, born 1872 - died 1945 (designer)
Carter & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

earthenware, moulded and spray-glazed

Marks and inscriptions

moulded in relief to front of tile. Mark of Harold Stabler.


Width: 15.2 cm squared

Object history note

Commissioned by Frank Pick, vice-chairman of London Passenger Tramsport Board. Given by London Transport

Descriptive line

Tile, depicting 5 martletts, designed by Harold Stabler for London Transport, Carter & Co., about 1939

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Architectural Review, May, 1939, p.268.ill.
Hawkins, Jennifer, The Poole Potteries (London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1980), pp.138-9. p.133.ill.



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Tiles

Production Type

Limited edition


Ceramics Collection

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