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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

15,018 patterns and 991 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

2018 Annual Meeting, Providence, RI

The 2018 Annual Meeting Preview #2 — A Day of Interesting Speakers and Workshops
The importation of British transferware to America is a fascinating topic that will be explored in depth at this year’s TCC Annual Meeting. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, UK, and author of “Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yan-kee Cousins…”: Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880. Dr. Ewins has spent decades researching the topic and will present two lectures during the meeting. The second lecture will kick off a day of exciting speakers on Saturday. Download Meeting Preview #2: A Day of Interesting Speakers and Workshops. Download Meeting Preview #1:  A Day at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Get more information. Download brochure and registration.


The Annual Raffle continues to set new records for the funds raised as a result of your outstanding donations and generous ticket purchases. Please consider an item for donation, it should have a retail value of $200 or more, and you will receive a receipt for an IRS charitable deduction.

Send a good picture of the piece, its mark and a brief description to Frank Davenport at frankdhaddonfield@outlook.com

Donors will be acknowledged (if agreeable) at the Annual Meeting, and in the Bulletin and eNews.

San Francisco Ceramic Circle New Web Site

The San Francisco Ceramic CircleThe San Francisco Ceramic Circle brings together ceramics enthusiasts with people broadly interested in visual arts. Their topics range from earthenware to porcelain, from traditional handcrafts to art studios to industrial production, and from antiquity to the present—everything on view at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and beyond. They emphasize Europe and North America, but many areas of historic and contemporary ceramics appear in their programs.

As an affiliate of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the SFCC sponsors public lectures at the Gunn Theater of the Legion of Honor. Speakers include curators, academic and independent scholars, artists, and collectors. Topics range from design and technique to social history. Visit the site.

Pattern of the Month

St. Cloud

Shown is a circa 1825 16.5 inch platter from the Fruit and Flower Border Series by Henshall & Co. (1790–1828). Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Photo of the Month

Balancing Jugs

Undated photo of a pottery worker balancing a load of jugs as he transports them to the kiln (?). Click on image for larger version. Image courtesy of Phil Rowley.

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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

1978 Last Bottle Oven Firing

Historic 1978 Last Bottle Oven Firing to be Commemorated by Gladstone Museum August and September 2018.
More information, Link to new book: Bottle Ovents and the Story of the Final Firing
Thank you, Terry Woolliscroft, for the photos.

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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.

New Book
Historical Guide to Advertising Pot Lids

by R.J. Houghton, J. Layden, P. Taylor
Advertising pot lids can be found from many countries particularly English-speaking nations and are collected by a dedicated group of enthusiasts across the world. These fascinating transfer-printed ceramic containers often feature inventive designs as well as details of the individuals and companies that sold them. They were used to retail commodities such as tooth paste, cold cream, food pastes, hair preparations, ointments & salves, and a range of other products. The vast majority were originally thrown away after a single use and have been re-discovered over the past 50 years or so from the excavation of former rubbish tips. Get more information.

BULLETIN! TCC 2018 Number 1

Bulletin cover

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.


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!

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.

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

Tyneside Pottery  

by R.C. Bell
This book includes information on and examples from over 100 potteries located in the northeast of England along the rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees. Get more information.

Manufacturing Processes of Tableware during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

by Robert Copeland

This is a lavishly illustrated, full colour, 186 page book. It displays the vast experience and knowledge the author has of the manufacturing processes of bone china and earthenware tableware, mainly as carried out in the Spode works. Get more information.

Featured Articles

Swansea's Cambrian Pottery Public & Private Commemorative Printed Wares

by Arleen and Grahame Tanner

Very little has been written about the commemorative ware of the Cambrian Pottery, Swansea; the most informative lecture and subsequent paper was by P.D.Pryce in 1972. His remit, however, was much larger as he covered the commemorative ware of the Cambrian Pottery, the Glamorgan Pottery, Swansea and the South Wales Pottery at Llanelly. In general terms it seems that public commemorative pieces produced by the Cambrian Pottery tended to be early in date whilst the private commemorative pieces are of a later date. Of course there are exceptions to this. Public commemorative pieces are of major political, social, and royal events whereas private commemorative pieces take into the private lives of ordinary members of society, who they were, and what they did. Read this article.

Swansea's Printed Wares
A Re-assessment

by Jonathan Gray

This paper is based on two talks presented to the TCC meeting in Baltimore in October 2011. The views expressed are those of the author.

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. 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,
TCC President Provide funds for the keynote speaker to present two lectures at the 2018 TCC Annual Meeting. The presentation will be made available on the TCC website.
Michael Escolme
Michael is employed by the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Center. His grant is to write printed pocket-sized paperback and an extended hardback guides to the Spode Blue Room Collection at Stoke-on-Trent.

aution watch

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.

Congratulations to Richard Halliday!

Long time TCC member Richard Halliday recently received his PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University. His doctoral research examined the role of the engraver in the transferware process.
More information.

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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Clay College Stoke: New Technical College for Studio Ceramics

visit their site

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.

Preliminary Announcement Festival of Bottle Ovens
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.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
With publication of Volume Four of The Transferware Recorder behind us we have several new discoveries, a detailed retailer’s mark, and another fine presentation jug for an auction report.
August 2018

Recorder News 14

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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.

View Examples 



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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