Program Close-Up #1 The Transferware Collectors Club Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, October 19-22, 2017
The 2017 Annual Meeting’s Kaleidoscope of British Transferware will include bus trips to view spectacular transferware collections in two private homes, as well as visits to several notable Phoenix-area attractions. Download information & registration form. See the Meeting page for more information.
Do 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 Data-base Detectives! Download more information.
A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "Spode’s Blue Room:
History, Repatriation and Restoration" by Richard Halliday. Members, read the entire issue here.
Pattern of the Month
Seen is pattern no. 63 in the series known as the Kennard Birds and Fish Series. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
Database Discoveries Article #25
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.
“Scripture Illustrations” series A series of biblical scenes produced by Knight, Elkin & Bridgwood of the Foley Pottery, Fenton, Staffordshire. The scenes are circular, surrounded by stringing, and printed within a flower and scroll border. The printed mark is of oval form with the individual title in the centre, the series title around the top, and the maker’s initials at the base together with the source book of the bible for the individual scene. Some examples also bear the factory’s impressed eagle device. The series has only been recorded on plates, printed in brown, purple and red (or pink). More information. Visit the Article Archives
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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
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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.
by Stella Beddoe
Assembled between 1860 and 1900, the Willett Collection of Pottery and Porcelain is unique in being the only collection in public ownership (Brighton & Hove Museums, UK) to illustrate what Henry Willett called 'popular British history', through the medium of ceramics. It is of enormous importance for its innovative approach to collecting, for the outstanding quality of many of its individual pieces and for the fact that it is intact over 100 years after it was formed. More information.
India on Transferware: A Compendium of Indian Scenes on Transferware Together with Their Source Prints
by Michael Sack
Every known scene of India on transferware is included in one book, together with photos (where available) of both the patterns and the source prints from which they were derived. Each pattern and its source prints (sometimes there are as many as five) are shown side by side so that they can easily be compared. More Information.
What's in a Word: Vocabulary Discoveries from Transfer-Printed Advertising Ware; Database Discoveries - Contribution # 6 Transferware Collectors Club
It's amazing what one can learn from transferware and the examples included in our Database. English 19th century advertising product containers and other ware contain a wealth of vocabulary or word usage which I have never heard before. Often related to medicinal products, these words offer the 21st century observer a chance to impress friends, business associates, doctors (not surprisingly, many of the words are medical in origin), and others in our everyday life. Link to article.
Along with many TCC members, I have often speculated on how transfer printed patterns originated and how new patterns evolved. This paper, inspired by my reflections on the subject, is based on a group of plates in The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, which give us a deeper understanding of this subject. The plates were presented to the museum in the town of Hanley in1904 by Ralph Hordley. It is admittedly a random assortment of printed pottery but it isn't what is on the front, but what is on the back of many of them, that provides some insight into the subject. Link to article.
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Willett Collection to Remain at the Brighton Museum
An important part of Britain's ceramic heritage, a black basalt vase made by Josiah Wedgwood, is in danger of disappearing overseas forever unless the money can be raised to save it for the UK. The First Day’s Vase is one of only four pieces that we know for certain were actually made by the master potter himself. Read more... LInk to Stoke Museum.
Dudson Museum, Stoke on Trent
The Dudson Museum is uniquely housed in an original Grade ll listed bottle kiln (oven) in the heart of the Potteries. The bottle kiln is home to the Dudson ceramic collection and traces the company's production from 1800 to the present day. Visit their facebook page.
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Transferware Collection to be Sold at Auction (multiple lots)
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
Preview Hours begin at 11:00 AM, Auction starts at 2:00 PM
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
Time still flies! It seems only yesterday that we sent out Number Five of this Recorder News but here we have Number Six, continuing our two-monthly schedule. This time we have more new discoveries, a further auction report, and a particularly puzzling mark column.
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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. 2, 2016 -- has been updated as of December 2016. 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.
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 2015-2016 donors.
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.