I thought this seagull would be mobbed on the Poole Pottery Pages of eBay last week, but it flew into my collection with hardly any feathers flying. At 27 cm from claw to wing tip, this shape number 816/3 is the largest of 3 seagull wall plaques Poole produced. The birds were designed and modelled by John Adams and Harry Brown in the mid 1930s and sprayed in new Picottee glazes. I think, this particular bird dates from the late 1940's.
Up close the bird is much bigger and more 3-dimensional than I expected, and is certainly big enough to worry anyone of a nervous disposition. So if you didn't fancy seagulls on your wall, and prefer to eat your fish and chips in peace, you could also choose flying ducks or better still bluebirds.