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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!

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2020 Membership Renewal

Membership renewals for 2020 were recently mailed. Have you renewed your membership for 2020 yet? If you have, thank you! If not, there is still time to renew before your membership expires on December 31. Renewal before the start of the new year means your access to the TCC Pattern and Sources Database and other member benefits will continue uninterrupted. Please consider renewing online and using PayPal. This saves our member chair a lot of time.   Access a printable renewal form or directly renew online.

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

Contribution of the Month

Smoke and the Clean Air Act 1956.

Images and text provided by Terry Woolliscroft October 2019.

"This occasioned such immense and constant volumes of smoke, as literally to envelope the whole neighbourhood: and it was not infrequent for passengers to mistake their way, and run against each other, during the continuance of this process. The scene which presented itself upon these occasions, has been not inaptly compared to the emissions from Etna and Vesuvius..." from: A Topographical History of Staffordshire: Including Its Agriculture, Mines ... By William Pitt 1817.  Learn More

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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.

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.

Pattern of the Month

Akbar’s Tomb Secundra

Akbar’s Tomb Secundra

Shown is an 18.5 by 15 inch platter, Akbar’s Tomb Secundra, made by Chamberlain (s) (& Co.) 1786-1852. Visit  more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

Moorish Style

Trellis Aesthetic Floral

The pattern on this tile reflects the spirit of the season with exploding stars in the center and four corners as well as the partial snowflakes seen on each side.  More images.


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.

 

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BULLETIN! TCC 2019 Number 2

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Read the issue's featured article A Chinese of Rank and a Marked Example Members, read the entire issue here.

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 Italian Pattern: The story of an iconic 19th century transferware design

by Richard Halliday

TCC member Richard Halliday, sponsored by the Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation and Transferware Collectors Club, has exhaustively documented the history and presentation of this pattern on transfer printed pottery. Halliday has catalogued the extensive collection of Andrew and Adrienne Richards (no relation to the Richards Foundation), but has gone way beyond mere cataloguing and presentation of images. His work encompasses the introduction of Spode's famous Italian pattern. Link to the book.

Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900

by R.K. Henrywood

This is the most comprehensive list of Staffordshire potters ever published and includes much information unavailable in existing literature. This area produced some ninety percent of the pots made in England and is of prime importance in the study of British ceramics.   Link to book.


Featured Articles

Inappropriate Patterns for Children Database Discoveries - Contribution # 8 Transferware Collectors Club December 2012

By Judie Siddall

Children haven't changed in the past two hundred years, but the concept of childhood and what is appropriate for children has changed. Nineteenth century British children's mugs and plates were created as inexpensive gifts or rewards to teach religion and the alphabet as well as to delight with pictures of animals and children's activities. However, some of the patterns found on this pottery are frightening! Below are patterns that fit the inappropriate or frightening category.  Read this article.

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

by Judie Siddall

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 this article.

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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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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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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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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. 1, 2019 -- has been updated as of May 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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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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