Welcome to Transferware Central    


Find us on Facebook

Not a member but want to receive
e-mail updates from us?

Join the
Transferware Central Update List.


Privacy Statement

Sharing a passion for antique British transferware from 1760 to 1900

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

14,164 patterns and 959 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

2017 Phoenix, Arizona

2017 Annual Meeting Important News!

The forthcoming Annual Meeting, “A Kaleidoscope of British Transferware Patterns, Sources, Shapes, & Sherds!” will feature:
  1. Visits to two private transferware collections! For details about these stellar collections, click here
  2. Engaging Speakers! For the list of outstanding presenters and topics, click here
  3. An informative Roundtable Discussion: “How to Liquidate a Collection” and interactive workshops! For details, click here
  4. Enlightening and enjoyable activities: information-sharing sessions and a transferware sale! For more information, click here

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to enrich your knowledge, your collections, and your friendships in a casual educational setting with fellow transferware enthusiasts. Reserve your space now as registration will soon close.

Register NOW!


2017 Annual Meeting Scholarships

scholarshipThe TCC announces the 2017 Annual Meeting Scholarships to encourage participation of young professionals at our October meeting in Phoenix, AZ. More information and application form.

Recently Published

Transfer-printed Medical & Toilet Wares 1780-1850 
by Richard Halliday

This book deals specifically and comprehensively with medical and toilet wares. The book allows for comparison of factories and how the development of the wares changed over time; is divided into shape-specific sections that include, when available, shape book images, source images, and non-transferware pieces for comparison; and include the extent to which the wares were exported.  Get 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.

BULLETIN! TCC 2017 Number 1

Bulletin cover

Read the issue's featured article “Blue Willow”: Apples or Oranges? by Susan Ferguson. Members, read the entire issue here.


Pattern of the Month


Chinese dragon

Shown is a 5.25 inch saucer. It was made by R. Davies & Co. (1833-1844). The pattern illustrates the city of Christiania, which is now known as Oslo. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

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.

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

“Hamburg Ansichten” series“Hamburg Ansichten” series A series of views in and around Hamburg in Germany by an unknown maker, the series title translating to Views of Hamburg. It was probably made in the North-East of England, the potters there having significant trade across the North Sea to markets in Germany, Belgium and Holland. More information. Visit the Article Archives

Photos of the Month

Hauteville House, Guernsey 
Victor Hugo occupied Hauteville House from 1856 to 1870. The house is furnished with an astonishing array of Delft tiles and transferware, particularly at one location where a hallway ceiling (!) is filled with transferware. The image shown here is from the Guernsey Museums & Galleries web site; search Google Images for additional images, including the transferware ceiling. Thanks to Barbara Drummond for bringing this location to our attention. 

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 Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Willow Ware 

by Connie Rogers

The origin of the Willow Pattern is traced carefully. References to statements by Dr. Geoffrey Godden, Geoffrey Priestman and Robert Copeland add authority to Connie's account which adds new information on a recently found Chinese export porcelain plate that has a very close resemblance to the Standard Willow Pattern design. The name "willow pattern" has been rather loosely used over the years. Connie distinguishes between the various different designs - Standard Willow, Mandarin, Two Temples I & II, Booth's Real Old Willow, Canton and several others. There is a Table of Manufacturers which links the type of patterns and colors to each maker. Get more information.

True Blue

edited by Gaye Blake Roberts, FMA, FRSA, Curator, The Wedgwood Museum

For all who own British antique blue-printed pottery, this book is essential reading. With over 1,000 illustrations (including 12 pages in full colour), each giving full details of maker (where known) and year of manufacture, et cetera, it provides readers with the opportunity to identify their favorite pieces. Get more information.

Featured Articles

American Historical Transferware Treasures at the Smithsonian - Examples from the Ellouise Baker Larsen Collection

by Michael Sack

tileOn Friday, October 21, 2011, TCC members had the fantastic opportunity to view selected items from the Ellouise Baker Larsen Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The collection, much more extensive than the 30 pieces we were able to view, was donated by Larsen in 1962. It is rarely on public view. Those fortunate enough to view the collection were attendees of the four-day Annual TCC Conference, which was held in Baltimore. 

The group was divided into small groups of about 9 people, and each small group was ushered into the behind-the-scenes-storage-area, where Ted Gallagher and Margaret Sutor spoke about each piece. Most were great rarities. Few who attended would disagree with the statement that there was insufficient available time! 

The images in this document are supplemented with a brief description.  At the end of this document are much more detailed descriptions of each piece. References are from Arman, 1974, "Historical Staffordshire, An Illustrated Checklist", unless otherwise noted. Those TCC members wishing to learn more about the individual pieces should search the TCC Database. Read the article.

Transferware Collectors Club, July 2012

by Rita Robbins

Diverse theories exist as to whether Samuel Hollins produced Swansea Pottery blue and white transfer ware. Indeed some researchers postulate that the Samuel Hollins' Pottery produced very significant quantities of blue and white transfer ware. On the contrary our position is that Samuel Hollins did not produce any blue and white transfer printed wares. Further, the suggestion that patterns previously attributed to Swansea should now be reassigned to Samuel Hollins we see as incorrect. The objec tiv e of this paper is to demonstrate our reasons for holding this position. 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

BECOME A MEMBER! (Click here)

Not a member but want to receive
e-mail updates from us?

Join the
Transferware Central Update List.


Privacy Statement

Important to Members:
Not receiving printed bulletin or eNews? Has your contact information (physical address, phone, email) changed? Please Contact the Membership Chair.

Members download newly updated (2016qtr4) membership list (non-commercial use only).


2017 TCC Research Grant Recipients

Helen Hallesy, UK
Study Title:  Swansea Commemorative Pottery:  Politics, Reform, Royalty, Wars

Loren Zeller, USA; Richard Halliday, UK
Study Title:  The Chinoiserie Invasion:  British Transferware in the Chinese Style 1750-1900
read more about studies

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.

    View Examples 



Beginning to Describe Doulton

Thanks to funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, the Doulton Described Cataloguing Project is now underway at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives. Archivist Louise Ferriday is currently busy sorting and organising the records of the famous pottery manufacturer Royal Doulton ready for cataloguing. Making this archive accessible is an enormous and challenging job and will take in excess of a year to complete, so we shall have to ask for your patience! The collection charts the manufacturer’s development from its Lambeth roots, followed by its establishment in the Potteries in 1877 in Nile Street, Burslem, right through to the closure of the Burslem factory in 2005. We will keep you updated about what we discover along the way. For more information contact Stoke City Archives


Flow Blue International Collectors’ Club Announces England Tour

October 8 - 14th at Winterthur

Flow Blue

Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

aution watch

No current auctions.

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

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
This time we have another two new discoveries, two more interesting marks, and a rather fine comport in our auction report. We also have news of progress with Number Four and an appeal, yet again, for help with images.
June 2017

Recorder News 7

Download a copy.


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.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XVIII No. 1, 2017 -- has been updated as of July 2017. A rich resource! Read it here.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in March 2017 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.

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 2016-2017 donors.
Download 2017 Annual Meeting RAFFLE 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.


The Transferware Collectors Club 

User Agreement/Privacy Statement

Website Content Copyright ©2005-2016


auction photo 2077 auction photo 2067 auction photo 2069