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TCC welcomes everyone who shares our love for the beauty and technical proficiency of British transferware including Blue and White, Staffordshire Pottery, Pearlware, Romantic and more... Join us and receive access to our benefits!


Database of Patterns and Sources

13,704 patterns and 946 sources and still growing.


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New issue 4 times a year, plus archive available online.

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Featured Presentations from the 2016 Annual Meeting

At the 2016 Annual Meeting held in Charlottesville, Virginia, eight speakers enthusiastically engaged meeting participants with presentations on a variety of transferware topics. Among the speakers were two very popular presenters from the UK, Pat Halfpenny and Richard Halliday. Funding from The Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Grants for the Research of British Transferware enabled the Club to provide stipends to these two featured speakers to assist with travel expenses. Pat and Richard provided engrossing presentations which highlighted the talented craftsmen involved in the creation of transfer prints: the artists, designers, and engravers; as well as details about the copperplate printing process. The TCC is pleased to share these two content-rich presentations with all club members and transferware enthusiasts.  Please note:  the Halliday presentation is copyrighted.  Please do not reproduce in any fashion without the express permission of the author.

  • Pat Halfpenny “Where do patterns come from? or Who said Delaware looked like this?” download
  • Richard Halliday “Copper Engraving: Process Documentation”   download

New Version of the TCC Database of Patterns & Sources Launched at Annual Meeting

The second generation of the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources was launched during our meeting in Charlottesville. Get more information.

Not a member? To access the full data base search, become a member for year-round access or purchase a limited-time 24-hour search.

Inquires about the Database of Patterns and Sources should be directed to the club's president, Loren Zeller, at president@transcollectorsclub.org

An Overview of the 2016 TCC Annual Meeting

Monticello Collage by Stephanie Hallinan, Carolyn Horlacher, and Betsy Sweeny*

The 17th annual TCC meeting was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 23-26 2016. This year’s participants experienced a number of lectures by TCC members, including guest lectures by TCC members who are historical archaeologists working in Central Virginia at the presidential homes of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. This combination of collectors, dealers, and researchers provided a well rounded conference where everyone was able to learn from one another. The meeting was organized by Leslie Bouterie, ably assisted by her husband, Larry. Download report. Larry has posted amazing photos of the meeting, available here.  
* TCC Annual Meeting Scholarship recipients

BULLETIN! TCC 2016 Number 2

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A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "Spode’s Blue Room:
History, Repatriation and Restoration
" by Richard Halliday. Members, read the entire issue here.


Pattern of the Month

Peruvian Hunters

Ghaut of Cutwa

Seen is a 15.5 inch platter in the “Peruvian Hunters” series made by Goodwin & Ellis(1839-1840). Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Database Discoveries Article #25

Orphan Transferware Patterns and the TCC Assigned Name

boy stealing apples

Author Len Kling writes "Consider the case, then, of the Orphan Transferware Pattern. We have all seen them, languishing around the fringes of transferware society, without name or origin. If they are particularly lovely or interesting in some way they may still be taken into our homes, but most of the time we can find out nothing about them. In some ways these poor little tykes irritate us - why isn't there more information available"? Read the article. See DBD archives.

Henrywood's Highlights Number Thirty-One of an Ongoing Series

Moses on Mt. Sinai“Scripture Illustrations” series A series of biblical scenes produced by Knight, Elkin & Bridgwood of the Foley Pottery, Fenton, Staffordshire. The scenes are circular, surrounded by stringing, and printed within a flower and scroll border. The printed mark is of oval form with the individual title in the centre, the series title around the top, and the maker’s initials at the base together with the source book of the bible for the individual scene. Some examples also bear the factory’s impressed eagle device. The series has only been recorded on plates, printed in brown, purple and red (or pink). More information. Visit the Article Archives

Photos of the Month

wedgwood etruria works ca. 1952Wedgwood Etruria Works ca. 1952.
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Send us your favorite photo and caption for consideration as an upcoming Photo of the Month for inclusion on the TCC web site, Facebook site, and monthly eNews: webadmin@transcollectorsclub.org

Now Available

Transferware Collectors Club Gift Memberships

Gift Memberships

Give your favorite transferware enthusiast the gift of a one-year membership to the Transferware Collectors Club! Gift recipients receive a handsome certificate verifying their membership as your gift, enabling them to take advantage of the same benefits that you enjoy. More information.


Classified Ads on the TCC Web Site

Members Welcome to Post Ads! (Dealers pay a nominal fee.)

Did you know that your TCC membership entitles you to free advertising on our site? (Dealers pay a nominal fee.) Check out all our classified ads, and consider placing your own!

Your TCC Bulletin Editor is Soliciting!

Bulletin sample article page

Your TCC Bulletin Editor is soliciting--for articles, that is! The Bulletin needs your fresh contributions about transferware: research articles, rare or previously unrecorded patterns or variations on well-known themes, unusual forms, source prints, personal experiences and interpretations, highlights from your collections. All contributions are welcome and appreciated. More information.

Transferware Exhibition Web Sites Co-Sponsored by TCC

spode exhibition image Visit three exciting web sites co-sponsored by The Transferware Collectors Club -- Spode Exhibition On Line, Patriotic America, and Printed British Pottery and Porcelain. Read the Patriotic America press release or Printed British Pottery and Porcelain press release.

Featured Books

The Herculaneum Pottery: Liverpool's Forgotten Glory

Herculane Potteryby Peter Hyland

The emergence of Herculaneum pottery in early nineteenth-century Liverpool marked a pivotal moment in the clay arts. This book provides a comprehensive history of Herculaneum pottery-highly sought after in North America-and its rapid rise to international prominence. More information.

Spode & Copeland:
Over Two Hundred Years of Fine China and Porcelain

by Steven Smith

A Schiffer Book for Collectors. Over 440 vivid color images display the wide range of ceramics produced by the English pottery firm, established by Josiah Spode in the 1760s and continuing today. From historic blue and white transfer printed wares of the early 1800s to popular dinnerware patterns of the 1900s, this book includes sprig decorated wares, delicate bone china table and tea sets, graceful figurines, and sturdy stoneware candlesticks and loving cups. More Information.

Featured Articles

Swansea's Printed Wares A Re-assessment

by Jonathan Gray

A Swansea pearlware plate c1790 decorated in underglaze blue

Founded in 1764, the Swansea (later to be renamed Cambrian) Pottery was in production for more than 100 years before closing in 1870. For the majority of this period, certainly the eighty years after 1790, printed wares were to be an important feature of the factory's output. Certainly after the production and decoration of Swansea porcelain had ceased in 1824/6, printed wares were the main, and at times, the only output of the firm. link to article


Transferware Darning Eggs Database Discoveries - Contribution # 2

by Judie Siddall

Darning Eggs

A request from Tony Calvin of Cumbria, England about a possible attribution of a jug to the (John) Wilkinson Pottery of Whitehaven, West Cumberland (1820-1867), led to the serendipitous discovery of the uses of the rare egg-shaped transfer printed objects that I have been fascinated by for years. Tony and I shared information about the jug, and thus I learned about the Wilkinson Pottery and its production of transferware eggs. Link to article.


What is my transferware piece worth?

What's it worth?  The simple answer – whatever you can get for it – has truth but doesn’t explain why. More | Other FAQs

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A Taste for the Fantastic: Setting the Table in 1820s New York
Now through January 31, 2017
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden New York, NY
An exhibit of early 19th century glass, china and silver from private curated by Allen C. Miller, Jr. and Jean N. Miller, Historic Collections Foundation Ruth C. Osborne, Curator of Collections, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. Learn more.

Montpelier, Va

LEARN Archaeology Expedition Program, Montpelier, VA
Montpelier, the presidential home and estate of James Madison in Orange, Virginia, extends a special invitation to TCC members and friends to participate in their LEARN Archaeology Expedition Program, during a Historic Artifacts Workshop to be held from February 19-24, 2017. Partner with archaeologists to catalog, analyze, and mend artifacts recovered from ongoing excavations and join fellow ceramic enthusiasts learning about transferware used at Montpelier. Learn more.

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Ahlers & Ogletree Auction

January 14-16

Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery (Atlanta, GA) will be presenting many lots containing late 18th/early 19th century transfer pattern decoration.

Invaluable Auction

February 10, 2017
Invaluable Auction
Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.

Link to nice article in the Maine Antique Digest by Lita Solis-Cohen on the TCC's October 2016 Annual Meeting.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
Welcome to the fourth issue of the Recorder News. No specific highlight this time but we do have three regular features – a new discovery, a puzzle mark, and a selected auction highlight. We are also able to confirm the subject to be covered in The Transferware Recorder, Number Four, which will cover a good selection of patterns derived from literature.
December 2016

Recorder News 4

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What's Happening in British Ceramics

"What's Happening in British Ceramics"

New Article Pending


Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 13,000 patterns in the TCC Pattern Database! The membership year is from July 1 through June 30, so now is a good time to renew or join. See membership registration and information here.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XVII No. 2, 2016 -- has been updated as of August 2016. A rich resource! Read it here.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in September 2016 is now available (for members only and only for non-commercial use). Download now. Please review your entry on the list, and notify us of any changes in your contact information.

We are now offering new advertising opportunities for TCC member transferware dealers, auctioneers, and show managers. Read more.

Transferware Collectors Club is extremely grateful for the generous contributions this past year which continue to help to make its programs and resources possible. Download the list of 2014-2015 donors.

Help Needed
As the TCC strives to grow its membership and programs, there is a need for more volunteer support. The TCC needs your help! Read more.

Results of Recent Auctions Advertised on the TCC Website and eNews


The Masonic Hall, Philadelphia plate recently offered by TCC member Richard Marden sold for $7000, significantly over the $5000 reserve.

A ca. 1793 President Washington and Eagle medallion plate recently offered by TCC member Peter Scott sold for $9500.


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