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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.

2019 Annual Meeting Spotlight on Programming

TRANSFERWARE ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

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.

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

Dragon and the Phoenix

Washington

Shown is an eight inch porcelain dish that is printed in underglaze black and painted in green. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

Bouquet on Ribbon

Bouquet on RibbonPattern #16351 in the Database. Maker Unknown. The tile is 6 x 6 inches, printed in shades of pink and brown. This pattern has a TCC Assigned Name.

The central bouquet is superimposed on a crossed ribbon. Chains of flowers lead out to the four corners/borders. The two groupings of the tile give different emphasis to a wall mounting of the pattern. The diagonal group features just 4 complete tiles, 2 x 2, but changes the perspective from the larger group of 16 tiles. More images.

Photo of the Month

Smoke in 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

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BULLETIN! TCC 2019 Number 1

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Read the issue's featured article British Transferware in
Indonesia 1800-1915
By Jaap Otte. 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.

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

Adams Ceramics: Staffordshire Potters and Pots, 1779-1998  

by Furniss, Wagner and Wagner

Adams Ceramics by Dick and Judy Wagne

By studying primary source material, the authors have compiled the most authentic and readable record of the prolific Adams ceramic wares from England, including earthenware, bone china, jasper, stoneware, basalt, and Parian made over a 200 year period. Link to the book.

TCC members Dick and Judy Wagner have issued corrections/ revisions pertaining to their book Adams Ceramics available for download. Get more information. Get more information.

Pickle Dishes & Milseys: A social and historical commentary

by Richard Halliday

In this excellent 204-page publication, Richard Halliday documents the outstanding and one-of-a-kind collection of the late Robin Greeves and provides an interesting social and historical perspective for these two often misunderstood forms of transfer-printed Staffordshire pottery. Get more information.

Featured Articles

American Historical Transferware Treasures at the Smithsonian - Examples from the Ellouise Baker Larsen Collection

March, 2012

On Friday, October 21, 2011, TCC members had the fantastic opportunity to view selected items from the Ellouise Baker Larsen Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The collection, much more extensive than the 30 pieces we were able to view, was donated by Larsen in 1962. It is rarely on public view. Those fortunate enough to view the collection were attendees of the four-day Annual TCC Conference, which was held in Baltimore. Read this article.

The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch on Historical Blue Staffordshire Part 1: The Early Buildings, 1790-1807

by Hayden Goldberg

This is one of four articles authored by transferware collector and researcher Hayden Goldberg and originally published in The Magazine ANTIQUES. This article appeared on pp. 1198-­-1205, December, 1985. Courtesy BMP Media Holdings, L.L.C.

Each of the four articles is available for download at no cost to the reader. Reproduction courtesy of the Transferware Collectors Club.

A MAJOR ATTRACTION of American historical blue Staffordshire, aside from its intrinsic beauty, is its link with the early history of this country. In that vein, collectors often wonder at some of the views the English potters chose to portray, and especially regret their omissions. Why, among the dozens of public buildings that they pictured, did they neglect such historical ones as Independence Hall in Phila­delphia and the Old State House and Faneuil Hall in Boston? The answer, I believe, provides an insight into attitudes prevailing at the time but not today. It was the new, not the old, the future, not the past,that excited Americans of the period. 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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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.
Grant application deadline extended to May 31, 2019.
More information.

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Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
36th Semi-Annual Americana & Fine Antiques Auction on
June 21 & 22


Get more information.



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

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.
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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, presented by Historic Eastfield Village, “Of Sailing Ships and Privy Pits:  The World of Ceramics in Early America"
will be held June 21 - 23



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.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News 19
We are pleased now to add a completely new view of Wood’s Floral Border series. Also we have a couple of new discoveries in Griffiths, Beardmore & Birks’ Light Blue Rose Border series.
June 2019

Recorder News 18

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.

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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