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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

14,494 patterns and 972 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

2017 Phoenix, Arizona

2018 Research Grant Proposals

2018 grant proposals now being accepted. All grant applications must be received by May 4.

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Hans Van Lemmen Tile Presentations

Serving as the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Tempe, Arizona, Hans van Lemmen presented two fine lectures on the history of printed British tiles. More Information and download the lecture slides.

Pattern of the Month

Free Masons Tavern & City Coffee House

Shown is a dinner plate of unknown size made by Pountney & Allies (1816-1835), ca, 1835. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.


Photos of the Month

Smoke in Stoke

It's been awhile since we viewed one of the less healthy byproducts of the Stoke on Trent pottery industry, prior to the transition from coal as the fuel used to fire the kilns. Photo date and source unknown.

Click on images for enlarged view.

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
Swansea Commemorative Pottery

by Helen Hallesy
The focus of the book is on a relatively small group of wares produced at the Swansea potteries in South Wales, generally classed as ‘commemoratives’, sometimes documentary, certainly historical. The aim has been to discover and record the primary source materials from which the engravers and artists at Swansea worked. Price UK £38, Price to TCC members £30. Get more information.

BULLETIN! TCC 2017 Number 2

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Read the issue's featured article Nineteenth Century Ceramics at Whitten House, Becoming a Collector of Transferware by Scott Hanson. Members, read the entire issue here.


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

“Hamburg Ansichten” seriesBlack-Bordered Wall Plaques
There are also plaques from the earlier years of the 19th century with various designs printed in black within rectangular moulded black frames. A touch funereal, I know. But I have always found them attractive. They are never marked but I feel sure they are of Staffordshire origin, and not Sunderland to which they are often attributed. 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 Ad

Sporting Scenes Transferware Plate

For Sale: Sporting Scenes Transferware Plate
This octagonal, 9.5-inch plate, is printed in blue with a simple border of triangles and diamonds. The scene is of two dogs and a man looking through a spyglass. The pattern name is “Sporting Scenes”. The plate was made by J.F. Wileman in Staffordshire between 1870-1892.
Contact: John Bland at jcb29jcb29@gmail.com
Download for more info and photos.

Classified Ad

Asia & Islamic Tramsferware

Looking to purchase for my collection: transferware made for export to Asia and the Islamic world, e.g. with writing in Arabic script. Please contact Jaap Otte at jaapotte@yahoo.de.  1.240.472.1625. Check out all our classified ads, and consider placing your own!

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!

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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 Diaz collection: Material Culture and Social Change in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Monterey (California) 

by Felton, David L, and Schultz, Peter D.

This report, prepared by the Cultural Resource Management Unit of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, describes archaeological excavations and studies of the 1820s Cooper-Molera Adobe. Get more information.

Dishy Animals ABC: An Alphabet Book for Children and Adults

by Judie Siddall

Inexpensive children's china was made in Britain throughout the 19th century as gifts for good behavior, christening presents, souvenirs, and rewards for excellence in school. It was inexpensive because the pattern was transfer-printed on the pottery rather than hand-painted. Get more information.

Featured Articles

Mozart, The Magic Flute, The Masons, And America Database Discoveries - Contribution #15 June 2014

by Judie Siddall

Judie starts "While waiting for Mozart's The Magic Flute to begin, I read the notes in the program titled Mozart's Die Zauberflote (Magic Flute) A Masonic Perspective by Tom Ellison, Past Master, Masonic Lodge 712 in California and chorus member of West Bay Opera (Palo Alto, California). I knew that Mozart was a Mason, as were many 18th century luminaries such as Joseph Hayden and Benjamin Franklin, but I didn't know much about the Masons (also referred to as Freemasons)". Read the article.

Museums and Places of Interest With Displays and Collections of Transfer Printed Pottery

This listing desperately needs updating. We are looking for a dedicated and responsible volunteer to accomplish this task. Contact the TCC Web Administrator.

This list is intended for use of transfer printed pottery ("transferware") collectors and researchers who are:

  • Planning a trip and hope to view collections or related exhibits of transferware.
  • Searching on-line for information on transferware.
  • Locating collections available by prior appointment for viewing and/or research.

It is a service provided to members of the Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) and other interested transferware collectors. It is directed towards collections and exhibits of transferware and its manufacture. Although we have not sought it out, information on archives and research material is also included wherever appropriate. 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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Preliminary Announcement Festival of Bottle Ovens
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Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table Exhibit
Opening April 2, 2018
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
More information at Winterthur’s web site and blog.

Pots With Attitude, British Museum Exhibition,
12 January - 11 March, 2018

Ceramics are rarely confrontational, but the pugnacious mugs, jugs and plates in Pots with Attitude: Satirical and Political Prints on Ceramics, a display at the British Museum, are exceptions. Here, utilitarian creamwares and pearlwares are transformed with images appropriated from contemporary engravings into militant wares, fragile platforms criticising the latest political propaganda or blunder. Additional information and images.
More information.

Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

TCC Outreach to the Archaeology Community

The new year brought new outreach opportunities for the TCC. In January, 2018 the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) held its annual conference in New Orleans, and with the endorsement and encouragement of the Board, the TCC actively and successfully participated in several facets of the event. More Information.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
On to Issue Eleven of the Recorder News, keeping up our two-monthly schedule. We can offer a couple of treats and new discoveries, not one but two auction watch reports, and news of an important auction sale.
February 2018

Recorder News 9

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Minton Archive Announces Pattern Books Now Available.

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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.

TCC President:  Loren steps down, Scott steps up.

Thanks to Loren Zeller for 12 years of exemplary service as TCC President! We welcome Scott Hanson as our new president. Watch for a Special eNews with much more information.

The Spode Museum Trust has informed us that work on the new frontage is now complete and that the museum, art gallery, shop, and tearoom are open for business Wednesday - Sunday 10:30 am-4 pm. The excellent improvements can be seen in these before and after photos. The shop, located in Stoke-on-Trent, England, boasts a fine selection of handmade gifts available for sale as well as a fine range of vintage and antique Spode and Copeland ceramics. Every penny spent in the store supports the work of the Spode Museum Trust. Congratulations to the Spode Museum Trust committee members and volunteers. Click on image for enlarged view.

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


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. 2, 2017 -- has been updated as of December 2017. A rich resource! Read it here.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in September 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.

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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