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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

16,053 patterns and 1041 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

2020 Membership Renewal

Have you renewed your membership for 2020 yet? If you have, thank you! If not, your access to the data base was cut off as of 1/1/20. The fastest way to renew is online using  PayPal. Please consider  renewing onlineand using PayPal. This saves our member chair a lot of time.   Access a printable renewal form or directly renew online.

Consider a donation to the TCC! Donations support our education programs.

Also, please consider a Gift Membership and share the benefits of TCC membership with a friend or loved one. More information.  More information.

An Introduction to the Bottle Oven

Iconic biscuit oven at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Images and text provided by Terry Woolliscroft October 2019.

Huge brick-built bottle ovens, integral to a pottery factory and essential in pottery manufacture, were once the dominant feature of the Potteries landscape. At their peak, around 2,000 existed in the City of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Most of them were fired once a week, some twice. At each firing at least 10 tons of coal was burnt in each oven. Some very large ovens used over 30 tons per firing. Thick, black, choking smoke filled the air. However the Clean Air Act of 1956 put a stop to their use and sealed the fate of the traditional coal-fired oven. Pottery manufacturers were allowed seven years to find alternative fuels. The race to demolish the redundant ovens, and rid the area of its grim past, began.  Learn More

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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

2020 Annual Meeting Wilmington, DE – October 15-18, 2020

Mark your calendars for October 15 – 18, 2020 and make plans to join friends and fellow transferware enthusiasts for an enlightening and collegial Annual Meeting in Wilmington, Delaware. Through a close collaboration with Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library, attendees will participate in an exciting program of lectures by ceramic experts, museum tours and activities, and vessel handling sessions with exclusive access to the world renown Winterthur collection of ceramics.  More information.


Gladstone Pottery Museum Walk Through

Thank you to Terry Woolliscroft for directing us to this exciting walk through tour of the Gladstone Pottery Museum.  Those of us who have visited will enjoy “returning”, and those who have never visited will profit from this virtual visit, and hopefully will be inspired to visit in person.  Link to virtual tour.

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2019 Annual Meeting Birmingham, AL – October 17-20, 2019

Another marvelous meeting has come and gone. Watch for our meeting summary and announcement of the 2020 meeting in a future eNews.  Read summary of 2019 Meeting.

BULLETIN! TCC 2019 Number 3

Bulletin cover

Read the issue's featured article:  One view, two artists, eight patterns. Members, read the entire issue  here.

Pattern of the Month

Peace and Good Old Times

Peace and Good Old Times

Seen is a 6.5 inch plate titled “Peace and Good Old Times” by an unknown maker. Visit  more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

Red Flowers and Blue Urns

Red Flowers and Blue Urns

The pattern on this tile is formed in an octagonal shape inside the triangular border shapes. Four stylized red leaves alternate with blue urns, on the flat sides of the octagon.  More images.

Volunteers Needed for 2020 Meeting

Planning is underway for the 2020 TCC Annual Meeting and Leslie Bouterie has generously offered to lead the effort again as Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. Organizing the meeting involves too many tasks for one or two people to handle and additional volunteers are essential for the meeting to take place.

Volunteers are needed to be responsible for Logistics, Programming, Promotion, Administration, the Transferware Sale, and the Raffle. Several people expressed interest during the recent meeting in Birmingham, but several more are needed. If you have interest in learning more about the available positions, please contact TCC president Scott Hanson at  president@transcollectorsclub.org. Thank you!

Last Chance to Purchase TCC Mugs

Only 15 of the beautiful TCC 20th Anniversary mugs remain. This may be your last chance to obtain one, or more. Cost is $20 each (which includes shipping and a slight profit to the TCC). Checks only, payable to the Transferware Collectors Club. Contact Frank Davenport at frankdhaddonfield@outlook.com to reserve your mug(s) and to obtain address for mailing payment.

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Classified Ad

WANTED - "Sydenham"

In search of "Sydenham" pattern by Joseph Clementson, preferably in blue but other colors considered.  The pattern dates to circa 1852 to 1864 and may have also been manufactured by his successor, Clementson Brothers.  Read more.

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

Everard, Colclough & Townsend
The little-known and short-lived firm of Everard, Colclough & Townsend worked in Longton, probably from about 1840 through to the end of June 1845. At the time of writing, the TCC database has no records of any wares from the factory – possibly they had little trade with America – but they certainly made some distinctive transferware jugs. More information. Visit the Article Archives.

The Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program

Canadian Advertising Pot Lids

Gift Memberships

by Bruce Pynn

2016 The Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program - Winner

Advertising pot lids can be found from many countries particularly Englishspeaking nations and are collected by a dedicated group of enthusiasts across the world. Get 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. Contact Richard Halliday at blueandwhite@btinternet.com.

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.

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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.

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

People & Pots

by Terence A. Lockett

Terry Lockett, the founder Chairman and a former President of the Northern Ceramic Society, is a freelance lecturer and writer who gave many talks over the past 40 or more years that involved a good deal of research. This book is a compilation of material that reveals much about Terry's life and also the societies and institutions with which he has been associated in the past 50 years.   Link to the book.

Swansea's Cambrian Pottery Public & Private Commemorative Printed Wares

by Arleen and Grahame Tanner

This is the first book to deal solely with the public and private commemorative pieces from the Swansea Cambrian Pottery. It shows also how these pieces relate to other known Swansea patterns and borders.   Link to book.

Featured Articles

Museums and Places of Interest With Displays and Collections of Transfer Printed Pottery Transferware Collectors Club December 2012

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.

The Mysterious Mr. Marshall Plagiarist Extraordinaire

by Dick Henrywood

William Marshall of number 1, Holborn Bars, London, must have been quite a character. He was at various times a lottery dealer, publisher, pocket book maker, print seller, chapman, stationer, hardwareman, cutler and tea dealer, a bankrupt and, it transpires, a plagiarist. Dick's interest in him stems, of course, from research into transferware and related source prints, but in trying to unravel a little bit about William, Dick has been fascinated by the breadth of his activities. Dick finds from announcements dated between 1816 and 1818 that he was licensed by the State Lottery at the Stamp Office "to divide lottery tickets into shares and to issue such chances".  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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Pook & Pook, Inc.
January 17th & 18th, 2020

Over 100 pieces from one collection selling on January 17th.
Link to their site.

Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates Winter Americana & Variety Auction
February 28 & 29, 2020

Day Two will have several transferware selections including the remaining pieces from the John & late Evelyn Teague Collection of Bloomingdale, Indiana. Patterns include "Wadsworth Tower" (pattern #3339), E. Wood & Sons "Italian Scenery" series (patterns #1736, #7976), "Quadrupeds" series (patterns #3131, #3150), and an anti-slavery plate featuring the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (pattern #2262). The complete catalog will be posted by approximately February 14. Link to the online auction catalogue.

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

2020 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program
Grant applications must be received by May 4th. Application forms are available for  download.
Read press release.

The Spode Museum Trust Seeks Funding for Its 250th Anniversary Display of the Spode Collection

In Partnership with Portmeirion, the current Spode brand owner, the Trust plans to celebrate Spode’s 250th Anniversary by opening an exhibition in the Old Museum space with new displays from the collection held in storage since the factory’s closing over ten years ago. These new displays will feature the company’s outstanding ceramic production including the classic Georgian Greek, Caramaniam and Italian patterns as well as pattern books, order books and much more.

In order to complete their work, the Trust needs to raise £35,000 (approximately $46,000 US) to renovate the Old Museum space and the existing showcases, create the new displays and to link the original museum space to the existing Heritage Center opening in May 2020. The renovated space and new exhibits will take the Heritage Centre to a new level making the full range of Spode production available for future generations to enjoy.
Read more.

TCC Announces Legacy Program

Donors who are committed to ensuring the future of the Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) by making a donation while living or by including a bequest in their estate plan will be pleased to learn that the TCC has just announced a Legacy Program designed to support these objectives.  Learn more.

The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) has relaunched three important online exhibition sites with new functionality and content enhancements.

With nearly one hundred thousand visitors to its three online exhibition sites, The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) reaffirms its commitment to providing a quality experience for visitors by relaunching the following three important exhibitions, now with new functionality and content:

• Spodeceramics.com, first launched in 2012 in partnership with the Winterthur Museum

• Americanhistoricalstaffordshire.com, branded Patriotic America, debuted in 2014 in collaboration with Historic New England, and

• Printedbritishpotteryandporcelain.com in partnership with the Northern Ceramic Society, was launched in 2015

Rich with content for ceramic collectors, researchers, authors, curators, and historic archaeologists, the sites are sure to deliver value for their visitors. The exhibition’s curators continue to enhance them and, now, with site application upgrades, including a new magnification feature and upgraded content management capabilities, the TCC and its collaborators are pleased to relaunch these exhibits, all free to a worldwide audience.
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Recorder News Issue 22
January 2020

There have been lots of interesting transferware topics in the last twelve months and in this issue we can add a couple of new discoveries, some informative marks, a nicely marked toy plate, and a view of the Staffordshire Potteries which hopefully will never be recreated. Read more.


Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

Updated Membership List: Please Confirm Your Contact Information
The TCC provides a contact list to our members, only.  Please note that the list is not to be used for commercial purposes. Please review the list, and advise the member chair of any changes in your own listing or of other members you might be acquainted with.
Contact the Membership Chair
Download the member list.

Davenport in the Madison Family Dining Room

Read about the Davenport Bamboo & Peony pattern used at President James Madison’s Montpelier. TCC members have donated pieces of this pattern to Montpelier. No doubt, additional donations would be welcomed. Link here.

Ceramic Sherds at Montpelier

Read about the excavation, assembly and identification of ceramic sherds at Montpelier.
Link here.

A Tear for Poland (see the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources for additional information on this pattern).

TCC member and Database Category Editor Leslie Bouterie avidly volunteers at Montpelier, and has identified numerous patterns

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
2018 donors.

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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The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XX No. 2, 2019 -- has been updated as of December 2019. A rich resource! Read it  here.

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.

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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