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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!


Database of Patterns and Sources

13,776 patterns and 950 sources and still growing.


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

2017 Phoenix, Arizona

Announcing The Transferware Collectors Club Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, October 19-22, 2017

2017 Annual MeetingThis year’s meeting will present a kaleidoscope of
British transferware patterns, sources, shapes, & sherds! See list of activities and the great lecture lineup. See the Meeting page for more information.

Featured Presentations from the 2016 Annual Meeting

At the 2016 Annual Meeting held in Charlottesville, Virginia, eight speakers enthusiastically engaged meeting participants with presentations on a variety of transferware topics. Among the speakers were two very popular presenters from the UK, Pat Halfpenny and Richard Halliday. Funding from The Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Grants for the Research of British Transferware enabled the Club to provide stipends to these two featured speakers to assist with travel expenses. Pat and Richard provided engrossing presentations which highlighted the talented craftsmen involved in the creation of transfer prints: the artists, designers, and engravers; as well as details about the copperplate printing process. The TCC is pleased to share these two content-rich presentations with all club members and transferware enthusiasts.  Please note:  the Halliday presentation is copyrighted.  Please do not reproduce in any fashion without the express permission of the author.

  • Pat Halfpenny “Where do patterns come from? or Who said Delaware looked like this?” download
  • Richard Halliday “Copper Engraving: Process Documentation”   download

New Version of the TCC Database of Patterns & Sources Launched at Annual Meeting

The second generation of the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources was launched during our meeting in Charlottesville. Get more information.

Not a member? To access the full data base search, become a member for year-round access or purchase a limited-time 24-hour search.

Inquires about the Database of Patterns and Sources should be directed to the club's president, Loren Zeller, at president@transcollectorsclub.org

An Overview of the 2016 TCC Annual Meeting

Monticello Collage by Stephanie Hallinan, Carolyn Horlacher, and Betsy Sweeny*

The 17th annual TCC meeting was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 23-26 2016. This year’s participants experienced a number of lectures by TCC members, including guest lectures by TCC members who are historical archaeologists working in Central Virginia at the presidential homes of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. This combination of collectors, dealers, and researchers provided a well rounded conference where everyone was able to learn from one another. The meeting was organized by Leslie Bouterie, ably assisted by her husband, Larry. Download report. Larry has posted amazing photos of the meeting, available here.  
* TCC Annual Meeting Scholarship recipients

BULLETIN! TCC 2016 Number 2

Bulletin cover

A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "Spode’s Blue Room:
History, Repatriation and Restoration
" by Richard Halliday. Members, read the entire issue here.


Pattern of the Month

Genuine Bears Grease

Genuine Bears Grease

“Genuine Bears Grease” 2.8 inch pot lid. John Gosnell & Co. was the importer. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Database Discoveries Article #25

Orphan Transferware Patterns and the TCC Assigned Name

boy stealing apples

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.

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

Moses on Mt. Sinai“Scripture Illustrations” series A series of biblical scenes produced by Knight, Elkin & Bridgwood of the Foley Pottery, Fenton, Staffordshire. The scenes are circular, surrounded by stringing, and printed within a flower and scroll border. The printed mark is of oval form with the individual title in the centre, the series title around the top, and the maker’s initials at the base together with the source book of the bible for the individual scene. Some examples also bear the factory’s impressed eagle device. The series has only been recorded on plates, printed in brown, purple and red (or pink). More information. Visit the Article Archives

Photos of the Month

wedgwood etruria works ca. 1952A few of the many kilns at the Wedgwood Works, Etruria, Stoke on Trent.
Click on image to enlarge.


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

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.


Classified Ads on the TCC Web Site

Members Welcome to Post Ads! (Dealers pay a nominal fee.)

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!

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. 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 Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 (Volume 1)

Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Volume 1by A. W. Coysh and R.K. Henrywood

This dictionary brings together as many facts as possible about blue and white printed pottery at the height of its popularity and production. This book was awarded the Library Association's 1982 McColvin Medal for an outstanding reference book. More Information. More information.

Ceramic Makers' Marks

by Erica Gibson

Erica Gibson's comprehensive guide provides a much-needed catalogue of ceramic makers' marks of British (primarily), French, German, and American origin found in North American archaeological sites. Consisting of nearly 350 marks from 112 different manufacturers from the mid-19th through early 20th century, this catalog provides full information on both the history of the mark and its variants, as well as details about the manufacturer. More Information.

Featured Articles

Transfer - Printed Rice Plates for the South-East Asia Market

by Connie Rogers

One of the greatest achievements in transfer printing in the last half of the 19th century was led by J. & M. P. Bell of Glasgow, Scotland. The firm was established in 1842 by the two brothers: John and Matthew Perston Bell. They began by producing useful kitchen wares. By the 1860s they were well established, and there was high demand for their decorative and useful pottery. In the 1860s and 1870s there was a large volume of exported ware, from other Scottish potteries as well as Bells, that was sent out to all parts of the world. John Bell became a ship owner and purchased a firm in Rangoon to assist with the continuation of their adventure. Link to article.

Two Newly Identified American Views on Historical Blue Staffordshire Article 2 of 4, January, 1984

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. 281-­-283, January 1984. 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. Link to 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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Project Curator at British Museum: Monument Trust, 18th-Century Prints and Ceramics. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Project Curator to examine the use of prints on pottery in the 18th century. Note deadline to apply, February 20. More Information.

2017 Research Grant Proposals Now being accepted.

All grant applications must be received by May 4.

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Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

Museum course –

Pressing Matters: The Art of Printing at Historic Deerfield

March 16, 23, 30, 2017
Historic Deerfield, MA

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APRIL 20–21, 2017

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Montpelier, Va

LEARN Archaeology Expedition Program, Montpelier, VA
Montpelier, the presidential home and estate of James Madison in Orange, Virginia, extends a special invitation to TCC members and friends to participate in their LEARN Archaeology Expedition Program, during a Historic Artifacts Workshop to be held from February 19-24, 2017. Partner with archaeologists to catalog, analyze, and mend artifacts recovered from ongoing excavations and join fellow ceramic enthusiasts learning about transferware used at Montpelier. Learn more.

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

Link to nice article in the Maine Antique Digest by Lita Solis-Cohen on the TCC's October 2016 Annual Meeting.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
This time we have the promised news of Stevenson’s “Castles” series, another sauceboat, and further auction and mark columns. Contributions, particularly anything not found in the Recorder would be very welcome, with relevant detail and an image if at all possible.
February 2017

Recorder News 5

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What's Happening in British Ceramics

"What's Happening in British Ceramics"

New Article Pending


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.XVII No. 2, 2016 -- has been updated as of December 2016. A rich resource! Read it here.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in September 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 2015-2016 donors.

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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