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2019 Annual Meeting Birmingham, AL Registration Now Open

Birmingham Museum of ArtJoin fellow TCC members and friends on October 17-20 in Birmingham Alabama for an exciting exploration of the prolific production of the Wedgwood factory and its competitors, and the innovative and creative 19 c. developments in transfer printing which helped to shape the British ceramic industry.

The Birmingham Museum of Art, with its stellar collection of ceramics, including its world renown collection of works by the Wedgwood factory, will serve as the focal location for lectures, tours, and hands-on activities. The Annual Meeting will include an impressive line up of speakers from the US and the UK, visits to the historic Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens and a noteworthy private collection, and the ever-popular Transferware Raffle, Show and Discuss Session, and Transferware Sale! Register now! Pay online using PayPal.

2019 Annual Meeting Scholarships for Students and Young Professionals

Do the tales that ceramics could tell excite you? Do the patterns on transferware tantalize you and challenge you to hunt the pattern down? Would you like to meet other people who are like-minded and energized to share their stories of research and collecting? 

The Transferware Collectors Club Board of Directors first initiated a scholarship program in 2016 to encourage and support students and young professionals in attending our annual meeting. This year our meeting will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, and we are seeking one or more graduate students or young professionals working in the decorative arts, archaeology, historic preservation, or other ceramic-related fields, to apply and receive scholarship funding which will cover the full cost of registration as well as a stipend to assist with hotel and travel expenses.
Young professional / graduate student scholarship information and application attached.

Raffle Donations Requested!

The Transferware Raffle has become an important fund raising activity for the TCC Annual Meeting and it will again be a feature of the meeting in Birmingham. Proceeds are used to support the club’s educational mission. Last year’s raffle in Providence produced more than $1,800! Please help us to meet or exceed that goal for this year by donating items. We seek a variety of beautiful transfer-printed wares, in many different forms, patterns and colors. Each item or group of items should have a retail value of $200 or more and be in very good condition. To make your donation, please contact Frank Davenport at frankdhaddonfield@outlook.com. Download this post as a pdf.

California’s Fifth Regional Meeting February 2019

California TCC members met for a delightful afternoon on February 24, 2019.  The meeting featured transferware lids and was graciously hosted by Jo Anne Jones.  Fifteen members from as far away as San Diego attended. This was the fifth California TCC regional meeting. Additional discussion and images.

Pattern of the Month

Alaska

Alaska

Seen is the “Alaska” pattern by Ralph Hammersley (& Son), 1859-1905. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

BLOSSOMS AND BUDS BEHIND A GRILL, TCC

BLOSSOMS AND BUDS BEHIND A GRILL, TCC Database Pattern #17857. The tile back has a printed Rd. No. 15668 that represents 1884, the date the pattern was registered. It may be a product of the Marsden Tile Co.  More images.

Photo of the Month

Bottle Oven Interior

Inside of a bottle oven used for firing sanitaryware. Note the huge multi-part saggars required for these very large and very heavy pieces. Date unknown. Photo courtesy of Terry Woolliscroft in the Facebook page Potteries of Stoke on Trent.

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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

BULLETIN! TCC 2018 Number 2

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Read the issue's featured article Anatomy of Tiles By Connie Rogers. Members, read the entire issue here.

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

“Continental Views” series (Machin & Potts)
A series of individually titled views of Europe made by Machin & Potts of Burslem. The series and individual titles appear along with the maker’s initials M&P in a printed cartouche mark, and one of two different marks referring to the firm’s patent process also sometimes appears. More information. Visit the Article Archives.

Seeking Facebook Editor

The TCC Facebook page will be losing one of our editors at the end of the year. We need one new editor, someone who will conscientiously add several new entries to our page each week. It’s fun, educational, and you will contribute to the continued success of our club. Contact Judie Siddall: jrsiddall@gmail.com

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!

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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. 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.


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.


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 Herculaneum Pottery: Liverpool's Forgotten Glory  

by Peter Hyland

The emergence of Herculaneum pottery in early nineteenth-century Liverpool marked a pivotal moment in the clay arts. This book provides a comprehensive history of Herculaneum pottery-highly sought after in North America-and its rapid rise to international prominence. Get more information.

An Illustrated Guide to British Jugs From Medieval Times to the Twentieth Century

by R.K. Henrywood

With over 800 illustrations, this book is an invaluable reference for all collectors, dealers and enthusiasts as the author discusses techniques used for these decorative jugs.. Get more information.

Featured Articles

A Picturesque Voyage to India by Way of China Database Discoveries - Contribution # 22 Transferware Collectors Club December, 2015

by Michael Sack

Artists Thomas and William Daniell, uncle and nephew, are best known for their monumental work, Oriental Scenery (1795-1808), a collection of 144 elephant-folio size aquatints illustrating scenes of India from their eight-year sojourn there.

Many of those aquatints were used by potters in the 1820s as sources for Indian patterns on transferware. However, in order to get to India, the Daniells had to travel on East India Company ships first to China and then back-track to India. It is not recorded how long they remained in China, or for that matter, how long they were in China at the end of their journey waiting for a ship back to England. Read this article.

A Scottish Mystery Database Discoveries - Contribution # 16 Transferware Collectors Club November, 2014

by Michael Sack

A simple question from a friend, a retired historian, has set off a chain of research and highlighted a mystery. My friend saw on eBay a 2-7/8" plate titled "Indian Chiefs" (Figure 1) and asked me if I knew of a source print for it. It was made by John Thomson at the Annfield Pottery in Scotland, which was active 1826 to 1883. I told him that the pattern was in the TCC database without a source print, but his curiosity as a historian drove him to do some research on his own. To my surprise, he found not a print, but another source for the pattern. Read this article.

FAQs

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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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.
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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.
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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
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This year’s Dish Camp, “Of Sailing Ships and Privy Pits:  The World of Ceramics in Early America"
will be held June 21 - 23



More information.



Richards Transferware Research Grant Program: 2019

Applications Now Being Accepted.

The Transferware Collectors Club, a US-based international non-profit organization dedicated to the study of British transfer-printed ceramics, is pleased to welcome applications for the 2019 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program for the study of British Transferware. Application submittal deadline is May 4. More information.

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.

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There are no auctions at this time.

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
A warm welcome to Issue Eighteen of the Recorder News. We all have crosses to bear – America elected Trump and the UK chose Brexit – so we hope you might enjoy a brief escape into the world of transferware. We can offer thoughts of Europe (heaven forbid!) along with Walter Scott, Paul & Virginia, and a wonderful presentation jug. We hope you enjoy them.
April 2019

Recorder News 18

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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.XIX No. 2, 2018 -- has been updated as of September 2018. 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.

View Examples 

Contact:  
webadmin@transcollectorsclub.org 


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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

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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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