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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

15,063 patterns and 1000 sources and still growing.


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

2018 Annual Meeting, Providence, RI

Last-minute registrations still being accepted.  
Deadline is October 11th. Email Meg MacDonald at meg@travelmuse.net

This year's Annual Meeting will focus on the marketing and exportation of transferware from Great Britain to North America. Our Keynote Speaker Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, UK, and author of Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins: Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880, will be joined by an impressive line-up of experts presenting a wide variety of topics from maritime decoration on printed wares to Chinese export porcelain and its influence on British transferware. Download brochure and registration.

Pattern of the Month

Fruit No. 11

Shown is a 6 inch by 6 inch sugar bowl, “Fruit No. 11," printed in black and covered in a pink lustre wash. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Photo of the Month

Balancing Jugs

Printed 19th c. ointment pot, recovered from a tip or privy excavation. Photo of excavation courtesy of Antique Ointment Collectors Facebook site.

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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

New Book
Rathbone, China and Earthenware Manufacturers, Tunstall, Staffordshire 1808 to 1843

by Ian Harvey
Rathbone was a successful medium size pottery and this much expanded second edition illustrates the marks, shapes and patterns of tea ware, dessert ware, mugs and jugs, spill vases and punch bowls. For members of the TCC, there are numerous prints, both plain and with additional colouring, and a full chronology of the Broseley/Willow patterns used by Rathbone. Based on finds in the US, it is apparent that Rathbone exported to America, often with shapes particular to that market, and TCC members will have examples not recorded in the UK. In the interest of ceramic research, the cost of this book is subsidised by the author, who intends to do annual updates with images for the Newsletter of the Northern Ceramic Society to ensure that finds are in the public domain. This is a limited edition of 200 numbered copies. Get more information.

BULLETIN! TCC 2018 Number 1

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Read the issue's featured article Japan Dreams of Egypt: Cairo by William T Copeland and Sons By Kelly Keating. Members, read the entire issue here.


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

Illiad series
A series of classical figure patterns made by G.L.Ashworth & Bros. of Hanley. Most of the figures are derived from Flaxman’s illustrations to Homer’s Iliad, hence the title adopted here. More information. Visit the Article Archives.

Database Discoveries Article #26

The “Uva” Mystery – Continued

boy stealing apples

Author Leslie Bouterie writes "Ace detectives, such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, are always attuned to the surfacing
of clues and new information, even when a mystery, supposedly, has been solved. This TCC database editor and detective shares that mindset, and was delighted when new evidence came to light regarding "The Uva Mystery." Read the article. See DBD archives.

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.


Seeking Facebook Editor

The TCC Facebook page will be losing one of our editors at the end of the year. We need one new editor, someone who will conscientiously add several new entries to our page each week. It’s fun, educational, and you will contribute to the continued success of our club. Contact Judie Siddall: jrsiddall@gmail.com

Classified Ads on the TCC Web Site

Members Welcome to Post Ads!

Did you know that your TCC membership entitles you to free advertising on our site? Check out all our classified ads, and consider placing your own!

Your TCC Bulletin Editor is Soliciting!

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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.

The Database Needs Editors

Database detectiveDo you love a good mystery? Do you fancy yourself to be a Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple?

If your answer is “yes”, then you are the perfect candidate to join the ranks of TCC Database Detectives! Download 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 Nuneham Courtenay pattern: A design success story with many subtle shades of diversity 

by Richard Halliday
It tells the story of one of the most famous transfer-printed designs, and also explores the history behind the pattern. There are many historical images, source prints and modern-day photographs and supportive text. The book has four chapters dedicated to the pottery adorned with the Nuneham Courtenay pattern where each item has its own page with many images and full descriptions. Get more information.

Queensware Direct from the Potteries U. S. Importers of Staffordshire Ceramics In Antebellum America: 1820 - 1860

by John A. Walthall

This 2015 Revised and Expanded Edition, written by an archaeologist, concerns the use of underglaze U. S. importers marks on Staffordshire pottery made during the American Antebellum Period (1820-1860). Over 100 such importers are listed in this directory, which geographically spans the entire country, from Massachusetts to California and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Get more information.

Featured Articles

Transferware Darning Eggs Database Discoveries - Contribution # 2, May 2012

by Judie Siddall

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.

I had previously entered eggs into the Database (DB) without knowing much about them. Indeed, it turns out that my initial egg entries were not made by Wilkinson. I did know that they were intended for children, as the patterns matched those found on children's plates and mugs. Read this article.

Transfer-Printed Rice Plates for the South-East Asia Market Database Discoveries - Contribution # 17, January 2015

by Connie Rogers

One of the greatest achievements in transfer printing in the last half of the 19th century was led by J. & M. P. Bell of Glasgow, Scotland. The firm was established in 1842 by the two brothers: John and Matthew Perston Bell. They began by producing useful kitchen wares. By the 1860s they were well established, and there was high demand for their decorative and useful pottery. In the 1860s and 1870s there was a large volume of exported ware, from other Scottish potteries as well as Bells, that was sent out to all parts of the world. John Bell became a ship owner and purchased a firm in Rangoon to assist with the continuation of their adventure. Read this 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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2018 TCC Research Grant Recipients
The TCC is pleased to announce the 2018 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Program for the Study of British Transferware 2018 grant recipients.

Scott Hanson, USA
Study Title: Fund a Speaker for the 2018 TCC Annual Meeting
Study Abstract:
To provide funds to offset the expenses of a well-known individual in the field of British transferware to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2018 TCC Annual Meeting. The speaker will be asked to give two lectures which will be made available for publication on the TCC website.
Planned Completion Date: October 2018
Benefits to the TCC: The ability to procure speakers of considerable status to present topics of interest at the TCC annual meeting should increase meeting attendance and may increase club membership. Publication of the lectures on the website will benefit all who did not attend the meeting.

Michael Escolme, UK
Study Title: The Spode Blue Room: An Introduction
Study Abstract:
To write a printed pocket-sized paperback and extended hardback guide to the Spode Blue Room collection.
Planned Completion Date: January 2019
Benefits to the TCC: The guide will be made available on the TCC website, which will benefit especially TCC members who have not seen the collection.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
A warm welcome to Issue Fifteen of the Recorder News. We have one New Discovery and an interesting mark to whet the appetite.
October 2018

Recorder News 15

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Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.

October 13, 2018

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

Friends of the Spode Museum
TCC Members and Subscribers may make tax deductible donations to support the outstanding effort by the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Center with their restoration initiatives by sending a check in U.S. Dollars (payable to American Friends of the Spode Museum) to: 47 Roselyn Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94118.
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Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table Exhibit

April 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Winterthur Museum,
Garden & Library
More information.
Read about the exhibit in Antiques And The Arts Weekly article, download here.

James Madison’s Montpelier Archaeology Expeditions

Montpelier announces its 2018 Excavation Expedition and Other Programs. More information.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XIX No. 1, 2018 -- has been updated as of May 2018. A rich resource! Read it here.

Updated Donor List
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
2017-2018 donors.

Download 2017 Annual Meeting RAFFLE DONORS.

Classified Advertisements
We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members.  There is no charge for this member service. Following are the criteria:
• Limited to three quality images of item(s) for sale or example(s) of an item(s) you wish to purchase.
• Include a very short description paragraph, including a link to your website and/or email address.
• Dealers must be TCC members, limited to once/year maximum.
• Requests will be processed in the order received, and there is no guarantee as to when your ad will be posted.
• The TCC Web Administrator at his/her discretion has the right to reject inappropriate  or inadequate submittals.

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Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 14,000 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.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated September 2017 to April 2018 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.

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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