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2016 Meeting - Important news!

Monticello CollageWe’ve had an excellent response for the 2016 TCC Annual Meeting Transferware for the Presidents’ Tables.  Although registration has now closed, should you wish to participate, please contact Meeting Organizer Leslie Bouterie (email: leslie.bouterie@gmail.com) to determine space availability. Every effort will be made to accommodate late registrants.

Transferware for Montpelier and The Reeves Center A Request for Donations

peony platterIn conjunction with the 2016 Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, the TCC has been asked for collaborative assistance in augmenting collections at two historic sites which will be visited in the course of the conference. By sharing your collections with these fine institutions, your transferware treasures will be viewed and enjoyed by their many visitors. Read more...

Spotlight on Optional Day

The Reeves Center at Washington and Lee UniversityThere are only a few spaces remaining. This excursion to the Reeves Center at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, focuses on small group participation led by ceramics experts Ron Fuchs, Pat Halfpenny and Jonathan Gray. Highlights will include touring of the galleries and two special exhibitions, and the handling of antique ceramics from the permanent collection. It is an exceptional opportunity offered exclusively to TCC Members attending the Annual Meeting. More Information.

2016 Annual Meeting Close — RAFFLE!

Our Popular Raffle Returns!
The ever popular Transferware Raffle will return in October as a feature of the 2016 Annual Meeting. The raffle items will be on view, tickets will be sold, and drawings will be held during the Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia. Proceeds will benefit educational endeavors of the TCC. With the largest number of items offered heretofore, the 2016 raffle will feature a variety of beautiful transfer-printed wares, with patterns from several collecting areas: Chinoiserie, Aesthetic, Romantic Themes and Children’s Subjects. Also included will be a rich selection of reference books on related topics, guaranteed to enhance the library of any transferware enthusiast. Each of the eight prizes (individually or in designated groups) has a retail value of $200 or more. Learn more.

BULLETIN! TCC 2016 Number 1

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A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "The Sailing Packet Josephine Willis" byFrank Davenport. Members, read the entire issue here.


Pattern of the Month

Circus Acrobats

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Seen is a 17.25 by 14.5 inch platter in a pattern known as "Circus Acrobats." It was made by the Middlesbro' Pottery Co. (1834-1887). Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Database Discoveries Article #25

Orphan Transferware Patterns and the TCC Assigned Name

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Author Len Kling writes "Consider the case, then, of the Orphan Transferware Pattern. We have all seen them, languishing around the fringes of transferware society, without name or origin. If they are particularly lovely or interesting in some way they may still be taken into our homes, but most of the time we can find out nothing about them. In some ways these poor little tykes irritate us - why isn't there more information available"? Read the article. See DBD archives.

Henrywood's Highlights Number Thirty of an Ongoing Series

Arabian Sketches series Vitruvian Scroll Border series & Animal Trellis Border series
As a variation from my usual listings of titled patterns I thought it might be useful to look at two series of patterns which feature animals, neither of which is common. The first series has a distinctive border previously described as Vitruvian scrolls so I have dubbed it the Vitruvian Scroll Border series, being a suitably distinctive name. More information. Visit the Article Archives

Photos of the Month

pot lidsPot lids and a few bases, none particularly rare or valuable. English, makers unknown, mostly from 1870 - 1910. The lids were attached to the bases with a paper strip or other means. Contents ranged among tooth pastes and powders, ointments and creams, pomades, food products, and more. There were many thousands of patterns produced. More Information. Click on image to enlarge


bottle oven gladstoneBottle Oven Preservation at Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent. Oven bricks and mortar were kept dry when the oven was fired regularly. However, since the firings have ceased, frost, rain and vegetation have eroded and decayed the ovens. Click on image to enlarge. Thanks to Phil Rowley for posting this (and other) images to the Potteries of Stoke on Trent Facebook site.


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!

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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.

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

Godden's Guide to Ironstone, Stone and Granite Ware

Godden's Guide to Ironstoneby Geoffrey A. Godden

British Ironstone China and the related stone china and granite ceramic bodies are as important in their way as English creamwares or indeed bone china itself. More Information.


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

Queensware Direct from the Potteriesby 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). More Information.

Featured Articles

Surprising Spout Prints Database Discoveries - Contribution # 10 April 2013

by DeeDee Dodd


Every once in a while, when working as an editor in the TCC Pattern and Source Print Database, one is completely surprised. It might be when a marked piece in a pattern surfaces, and it suddenly becomes possible to identify the maker of that pattern. It might be when one finds evidence of copper plates being purchased by one potter at another potter's bankruptcy sale, explaining why the patterns of the two potters appear to be identical. It might be when one finds evidence of a pattern being re-issued under a different name decades after it was originally introduced. Or, as in the case at point in this article, it might be when one finds some unexpected pattern anomalies.

Recently I was intrigued when working with several patterns, used on tea and coffee wares. More specifically, the intrigue had to do with the varying spout prints found on these pieces. In fact, three of the spout prints appeared to be quite out of context, if not downright bizarre. Yet, as luck would have it, one of them led to the identification of the maker of two of the coffee pots in question. Link to article. Figure: Gardening coffee pot.

'Sawney's Defence': Anti-Catholicism, Consumption and Performance in 18th-Century Britain

by Danielle Thom, Assistant Curator, Prints, V&A

Picturesque Voyage to India; by the Way of China,

This article examines an 18th-century English transfer-printed quart mug, printed with an image derived from a popular anti-Catholic satire from about 1779. The article explores the relationship between object, image and audience, locating the mug within a nexus of Protestant masculine sociability that extended across the social hierarchy. Drawing upon existing forms of printed polemic, the mug shaped and was shaped by extra-Parliamentary political action, primarily in the form of toasting. This opened up possibilities for representation beyond those embedded in print culture, bringing a crucial performative element to an otherwise fixed point of polemical reference. Link to article. Figure: Quart mug, unknown maker, London or Liverpool, about 1779, transfer-printed creamware. Museum no. CIRC.70-1959. V&A London


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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News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
The highlight this time is the long-awaited publication of Number Three of The Transferware Recorder but we still have room for another New Discovery, a fresh look at an interesting mark, and a lightning fast Auction Watch report. We are also able to announce the subject to be covered in Number Four, which we hope will interest new enthusiasts who might be prepared to contribute information or images. We hope you find something of interest and would always welcome comments or suggestions.
October 2016

Recorder News 3

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November 12, 2016


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

What's Happening in British Ceramics

"What's Happening in British Ceramics"

New Article Pending


Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 13,000 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.XVII No. 1, 2016 -- has been updated as of August 2016. A rich resource! Read it here.

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Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in September 2016 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.

We are now offering new advertising opportunities for TCC member transferware dealers, auctioneers, and show managers. Read more.

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 2014-2015 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.


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