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The TCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce a special scholarship for up to two graduate students or young professionals wishing to attend the TCC Annual Meeting in 2016! More information
TCC Annual Meeting Speaker Spotlight:
This fourth edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Annual Meeting Close Up focuses on the meeting's outstanding speaker lineup. The topics they will cover will take you from the potteries of Great Britain to the tables of American presidents: Experience a review of our History through Transferware! Each lecture is guaranteed to excite and inform you about everything from the process of creating the designs and shapes of transfer-printed ceramics to the re-discovery of their cultural and political role in Great Britain and the New Americas. Learn more.
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
Shown is a 10.5 inch plate from the "Napoleon's Battles" series. It was made by Charles James Mason & Co. (1826-1845). Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
NEW 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.
“Arabian Sketches” series
A series of romantic-style scenes introduced by William Hackwood in the 1830s. The series remained in production after 1843, initially by William & Thomas Hackwood and later still by Cockson & Harding. The central scenes appear within a border which features scenic vignettes separated by linked foliate-scroll floral cartouches, with an inner band of radiating leafy fronds. More information. Visit the Article Archives
Spode copper plate and resulting transfer-printed platter “Greek Pattern #13”. An alternate name is “Bellerophon’s Victory Over Chimera”. Learn more in the Pattern and Source Print Database.
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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
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--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.
This book has 220 pages with over 90 patterns and 420 color illustrations including Chinoiserie, Rural, Commemorative, Transitional, Sheet and previously unattributed. The "Table of Contents" titled PATTERNS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE makes the book easy to use as a reference. Also helpful are the Alphabetical List of patterns and the Alphabetical Index to Patterns with Relevant Marks (with a selection from Book 1). More Information.
This book includes information on and examples from over 100 potteries located in the northeast of England along the rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees. It covers the period from 1740 - 1963. Hundreds of illustrations, marks, and histories of the potteries are featured. There are many transferware examples. More Information.
Introduction: I have a fondness for botanical illustration and a passion for pots. It is these personal interests together with my role as Curator at the Spode museum which led to me noticing the elements of this story. It is a tale of discovery - an unexpected connection between a Staffordshire pottery and a Staffordshire plantsman. Download.
This paper focuses on ceramics advertised in St. Louis newspapers between 1809 and 1850. The bulk of references to ceramics in these advertisements referred to inexpensive refined British earthenwares, which were generically called "Queenswares." While that term was coined by Wedgwood to refer to his creamware product lines, the term was soon used to refer to most inexpensive British earthenwares, including post- 1780 pearlware and post-1830 whiteware. As will be seen below, merchants may have excluded some of the new ironstone products from this category, in an effort to distinguish them from more "common" earthenwares. Download.
Brighton Museum (England) Willett Collection Endangered
TCC President Loren Zeller prepared a letter regarding the threatened Willett Collection commemorative pottery display at Brighton Museum, England. Pottery enthusiasts are encouraged to contact the Brighton & Hove City Council and urge the council to ensure that this most valuable collection remains on public view. More information and contacts. Additional information.
News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder
Dick has issued the initial Recorder News, “designed to keep everyone in touch with progress in publishing The Transferware Recorder. Download a copy.
No current auctions. Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.
What's Happening in British Ceramics
Of Eagles and Presidents
Reporting on the First of Two Sales of the Creutzburg & Martin Collection
I have a special place in my heart and in my life for Chet Creutzburg and David Martin who, in my early days of collect-ing American themed transferware, became friends and teachers. They, along with fellow collector Nick Routson, in-troduced me to Hayden Goldberg and Curtis Brown and explained their collection to me in some detail over dinners in Brooklyn. So when I learned they were preparing to pass on their collection to a new group of collectors, I had to be present for the sale.
Download the article.
New TCC Research Grant
The TCC Research Grant Committee has announced the 2015 recipient, Richard Halliday, whose project is “Transferware Medical and Toilet Wares 1780-1850”. More Information.
The Spode Museum Trust and Friends of the Spode Museum Seek TCC Member Support
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. XVI No. 4, 2015 -- has been updated as of April 2016. A rich resource! Read it here.
Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.
Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in March 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.
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.