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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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New issue 4 times a year, plus archive available online.

TCC Annual Meeting: Birmingham, AL
Registration Deadline is September 16!

Join us for a visit to an outstanding private collection of British ceramics with a focus on brown transfer-printed ware. An Annual Meeting is always enhanced and enriched by a visit to a local private collection. This year, TCC member Dr. Charles Torgerson graciously welcomes our group into his elegant Birmingham home to view his collection of outstanding British ceramics. In addition to transferware, his holdings include an extensive, stellar collection of white ironstone and early creamware, and exquisite examples of caneware, mulberry-printed ironstone, and Southern primitive pottery. Download this pdf to read more. DON'T MISS OUT REGISTER NOW!

Introducing this year's wonderful selection of items donated for the raffle

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! We are pleased to share with attendees a selection of some of the fine items that have already been donated for this year's raffle. Download this pdf to read more. DON'T MISS OUT REGISTER NOW!

2019 Annual Meeting Spotlight


Every TCC Annual Meeting takes place in a casual atmosphere, where attendees are encouraged to visit and connect with friends old and new. This collegial gathering offers many opportunities to engage in activities; share information, stories and treasures; and to learn from one another. Three special features of the Annual Meeting are specifically designed to foster this casual, active engagement: the Show and Discuss Session, the Transferware Sale, and the Jumble Table. Download Sale Spotlight.

2019 Annual Meeting Spotlight on Programming


The TCC 2019 Annual Meeting will be richly enhanced by on-site programming at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, which will include lectures, guided tours, handling sessions, and gallery exploration. Download Programming Spotlight.

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

Chinese Phoenix

For a good Boy

Shown is an Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) 9 inch plate named “Chinese Phoenix” by the TCC. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

Four-part Connected Motifs

Four-part Connected MotifsFour-part Connected Motifs, pattern #17913. E. Smith & Co. Coalville, Leicestershire. The tile measures 6x6 inches. The tile back has raised lettering: E. Smith & Co. Coalville, and is dated 1885-1900.More images.

Photo of the Month

PotLid Advertising Bears Grease

It’s fun to take a closeup look at the printing on a transferware piece. In this case we have a mid-19th century 2.5 inch diameter pot lid advertising bears grease, produced for Henry Burton of London. The product would have been contained in a base, or pot, and the pot/lid held together with a paper label around the circumference. Note the detail of the engraving. I wonder how many days it took to engrave this simple lid? Click on images for enlarged view.

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

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.

New Book

Inside the Head of a Collector, Neuropsychological Forces at Play

Inside the head of a Collector

by Shirley M. Mueller, MD

  • Introduces neuro- and behavioral economics for collectors and art professions to help them understand their own decision making
  • Brings a unique collector's perspective, providing insight for art dealers, collectors, and museum professionals. Includes artworks and objects that have never been published before
  • Chronicles the exhibit Elegance from the East: New Insights into Old Porcelain, which was one of the first museum exhibits to use a neuropsychological approach
  • Examines Order of Cincinnati fakes versus authentic articles, with photos to demonstrate

Read more.

BULLETIN! TCC 2019 Number 2

Bulletin cover

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!

Bulletin sample article page

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

Swansea Commemorative Pottery

by Helen Hallesy

Politics Reform Royalty Wars The focus of the book is on a relatively small group of wares produced at the Swansea potteries in South Wales, generally classed as 'commemoratives', sometimes documentary, certainly historical. The aim has been to discover and record the primary source materials from which the engravers and artists at Swansea worked. Link to the book.

101 Ceramic Highlights The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

101 Ceramic Highlights profiles the ceramic collections at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, through 101 carefully selected entries. Introductory essays also explore how this unique and special collection has developed from its origins in the 19th century. Get more information.

Featured Articles

Dark Blue Davenport Database Discoveries - Contribution # 19 Transferware Collectors Club June, 2015

By Frank Davenport

The Davenport pottery was first documented in a 1974 book by Terry Lockett then later by Terry Lockett and Geoffrey Godden (1989). The authors tell much about the ninety-three years of operation and the wide range of ceramics and glass produced. The pottery became a limited company on 23rd April 1881, trading as Davenport's Ltd but ceased manufacturing and declared bankruptcy in March six years later. The land, buildings, equipment, molds and copper plates were all sold and Davenport's pattern books have not been seen since. Read this article.

Death and Bereavement on Transfer-Printing Database Discoveries - Contribution # 12 Transferware Collectors Club November 2013

by Colin Murray Parkes

Death is an unpopular topic in our society and we may ask why anyone would want to include death-related imagery on items intended to decorate homes or to be used in the daily consumption of food and drink. A systematic trawl of the current TCC database reveals 104 patterns that are directly related to death. Read this article.


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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2019 Transferware Collectors Club Richards Research Grant Awards Announced

Grant Recipients:
Tania Manuel Casimiro, Portugal
Project Title:  British Transferware in 18th and 19th Century Portugal – An Archaeological Perspective

Sandra Guillermo, Argentina
Project Title:  A Systematic Study to Understand Fashion and Consumer Tastes for British Transferware Patterns Printed on Table and Toilet Services in 19th century Homes in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

George Haggarty, Scotland
Project Title:  A Catalog of Transfer-printed Pottery Produced by Scotland’s East Coast Potteries Prior to 1850

Scott Hanson for TCC 2019 Annual Meeting, USA
Project Title:  Travel Stipends for the 2019 TCC Annual Meeting
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Pook & Pook, Inc.,
Historical Blue from a Prominent New England Collection
October 4
See samples.

Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates
Semi-Annual Americana & Fine Antiquest Auction
November 15 & 16 37th
More information.

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

2019 Symposium

Old Salem Museum & Gardens/Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
Winston-Salem, North
November 7 – 10, 2019
Download information.
Download registration form.

Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

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.
Contact the Membership Chair
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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.
Link here

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

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.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News 20
We are able to offer some choice titbits – a charming series of children’s plates by Clews, a new “Old England” series view, a fascinating and little-known Patent mark, a special order piece, and two particularly interesting auction reports.
August 2019

Recorder News 20

Download a copy.

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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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


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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