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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

15,747 patterns and 1032 sources and still growing.


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

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.

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.

Pattern of the Month

For a good Boy

For a good Boy

Shown is a 7.5 inch plate, “For a good Boy.” It shows a dancing bear and dog, and was intended to delight a beloved child. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

Floral Grid

Floral GridFloral Grid pattern #18134 in the database. Pilkingtons Tile & Pottery Co. Ltd., 1893-2010. The tile is 6x6 inches, printed in green and red on cream color. It is marked on the back with a Registration Number dating the registration of the pattern to 1901. The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name. More images.

Photo of the Month

TCC members

TCC members at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-On-Trent, England, October 2015. 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 1

Bulletin cover

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!

Classified Ad

For Sale

An antique Spode pearlware meat strainer 'The Castle Pattern’ circa 1810-1815. The strainer shows a blue and white transferware view of the "The Gate of Sebastian" from Merigots 'Views of Rome and its Vicinity' published in 1797-1798 (aquatint).
Get more information.

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

The Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 (Volume 1, 2)

by 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. And volume 2 is designed as a comprehensively cross-referenced companion to the original Dictionary, this second volume includes over 1,000 new or extended entries. Link to the book.

An Historical Atlas of Staffordshire

edited by A.D.M. Phillips and C.B. Phillips

Within its ancient boundaries, Staffordshire is a county of diverse and contrasting historic landscapes. The two major contributions of the Black Country and the Potteries that now dominate the county co-exist with smaller towns that in their day had similar standing as centres of the Mercian state. The county's world-renowned industrial complexes based on ceramics and the metalware trades, products of the industrial revolution and before, sit alongside agricultural systems embracing both arable and grassland specialisms. Get more information.

Featured Articles


by Richard Halliday

The term "Pickle Dish" is a generic term which covers a vessel, in many forms, that was a multi-purpose article used for serving a variety of foods. Pickle dishes were an integral part of a dinner service and as such were an important article for serving a variety of spices, pickles, relishes and condiments. While many people assume that a pickle dish may only be used for a presentation of various types of pickles this is not the case. Actually, it is perfectly acceptable to include any type of pickled food or condiment on the dish. Therefore, a pickle dish could also be used to serve pickled fruits and nuts during the dessert course of a meal. It may sound silly to refer to the pickle dish as the original Swiss Army knife, but the reality is, it was such a versatile serving receptacle. Read this article.

Copper plate engraving: Process Documentation

by Richard Halliday

This talk was given by Richard Halliday to the Transferware Collectors Club during the 2016 meeting in Charlottesville, VA. 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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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.
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 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.

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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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