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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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14,098 patterns and 958 sources and still growing.


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

2017 Phoenix, Arizona

2017 Annual TCC Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona October 19-22

This year’s meeting will present a kaleidoscope of British transferware patterns, sources, shapes, & sherds! See list of activities and the great lecture lineup.

2017 Annual Meeting


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2017 Annual Meeting Scholarships

scholarshipThe TCC announces the 2017 Annual Meeting Scholarships to encourage participation of young professionals at our October meeting in Phoenix, AZ. More information and application form.

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

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 event 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 designed to foster this casual, active engagement: the Show and Discuss Session, the Transferware Sale, and the Jumble Table. Download information & registration form. See the Meeting page for more information.

TCC Raffle Donations Requested

raffleAre your closets and cupboards brimming with transferware? Please consider sharing your treasures by making a donation to the TCC Raffle which will be held at the October 2017 Annual Meeting. Get more information.

Recently Published

Transfer-printed Medical & Toilet Wares 1780-1850 
by Richard Halliday

This book deals specifically and comprehensively with medical and toilet wares. The book allows for comparison of factories and how the development of the wares changed over time; is divided into shape-specific sections that include, when available, shape book images, source images, and non-transferware pieces for comparison; and include the extent to which the wares were exported.  Get more information


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.

BULLETIN! TCC 2017 Number 1

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Read the issue's featured article “Blue Willow”: Apples or Oranges? by Susan Ferguson. Members, read the entire issue here.


Pattern of the Month

Chinese dragon

Chinese dragon

Shown is a 9.25 inch soup plate printed in blue with a Chinese dragon. A pseudo Chinese mark is printed on the back. The pattern is based on a Chinese original design. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Database Discoveries Article #26

The “Uva” Mystery – Continued

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Author Leslie Bouterie writes "Ace detectives, such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, are always attuned to the surfacing
of clues and new information, even when a mystery, supposedly, has been solved. This TCC database editor and detective shares that mindset, and was delighted when new evidence came to light regarding "The Uva Mystery." Read the article. See DBD archives.

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

“Hamburg Ansichten” series“Hamburg Ansichten” series A series of views in and around Hamburg in Germany by an unknown maker, the series title translating to Views of Hamburg. It was probably made in the North-East of England, the potters there having significant trade across the North Sea to markets in Germany, Belgium and Holland. More information. Visit the Article Archives

Photos of the Month "Competition"

Submit your favorite transferware related photo (anything goes, except images of pottery).  The editor will select the "winner".  No prize, but you will be credited and your photo will appear in this space next month and on the website home page for a month. Submit to: webadmin@transcollectorsclub.org

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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!

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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. 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

Success to America: Creamware for the American Market 

by S. Robert Teitelman, Patricia A. Halfpenny, and Ronald W. Fuchs II, with essays by Wendell D. Garrett and Robin Emmerson.

This publication highlights 50 of the pieces in the S. Robert Teitelman Collection at Winterthur as well as an additional 25 pieces and decorative arts objects from Winterthur collection. Enhanced by essays that address life in the young republic, the Liverpool pottery industry, and the Atlantic maritime trade, the volume features some of the finest examples of the period. Get more information.

Spode Greek

by Nicholas Moore

The book is fully illustrated with over two hundred and fifty full-colour illustrations along with nearly fifty black and white source print images. Not only does the book cover the whole pottery side of the Greek pattern, it also majors on the diverse and rich history behind these patterns which goes back nearly 2500 years. The book is laid out in a very careful way that shows each pattern alongside the relevant source material and/or any corresponding elements from the Spode manufacturing process. There is also a section that depicts some of the diverse shapes that Spode produced which were decorated with the Greek pattern. Get more information.

Featured Articles

A Picturesque Voyage to India by Way of China 
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 22 
Transferware Collectors Club, December 2015

by Michael Sack

tileArtists Thomas and William Daniell, uncle and nephew, are best known for their monumental work, Oriental Scenery (1795-1808), a collection of 144 elephant-folio size aquatints illustrating scenes of India from their eight-year sojourn there.

Many of those aquatints were used by potters in the 1820s as sources for Indian patterns on transferware. However, in order to get to India, the Daniells had to travel on East India Company ships first to China and then back-track to India. It is not recorded how long they remained in China, or for that matter, how long they were in China at the end of their journey waiting for a ship back to England. 

Making the most of their layovers, though, they published in 1810 a smaller book, A Picturesque Voyage to India by the Way of China, of fifty aquatints showing scenes of their voyage to China as well as sights they observed while in and around Canton and finally in Calcutta. This book didn't escape resourceful potters in the 1820s either, and the Transferware Collectors Club database contains at least ten patterns with elements "adopted" from these prints. What hasn't been shown in the database is the text that accompanies these prints, and in these days of political correctness, much of it is shocking. Link to article.

Aesthetic Movement Transferware Some Things of Beauty (and Utility) 
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 4 
Transferware Collectors Club, July 2012

by Rita Robbins

Although I have been intrigued with Aesthetic Movement transferware for many years, it wasn't until I volunteered to enter patterns in this category into the TCC Database that I discovered the variety, richness, diversity, and scope within the movement. This was both an amazing and delightful discovery and made entering these patterns an almost daily delight. 

The Aesthetic Movement patterns are distributed into six sub-categories at this time: Birds, Border Only, Cartouches, Floral, Japanesque and Other. My intent here is to show a few of the unusual patterns in some of those categories. Perhaps it will entice you to look further at this section, which is one of the youngest in the database (patterns generally date between the late 1870's to the cutoff in this database of 1900). Perhaps because of this "youth", there have been no definitive books written on the Aesthetic Movement in transferware. This too was a discovery, and has made research more difficult, with a lot of "Maker unknowns" and "TCC Assigned Names" in the entries. 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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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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Beginning to Describe Doulton

Thanks to funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, the Doulton Described Cataloguing Project is now underway at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives. Archivist Louise Ferriday is currently busy sorting and organising the records of the famous pottery manufacturer Royal Doulton ready for cataloguing. Making this archive accessible is an enormous and challenging job and will take in excess of a year to complete, so we shall have to ask for your patience! The collection charts the manufacturer’s development from its Lambeth roots, followed by its establishment in the Potteries in 1877 in Nile Street, Burslem, right through to the closure of the Burslem factory in 2005. We will keep you updated about what we discover along the way. For more information contact Stoke City Archives

Christies Images Limited

An important part of Britain's ceramic heritage, a black basalt vase made by Josiah Wedgwood, is in danger of disappearing overseas forever unless the money can be raised to save it for the UK. The First Day’s Vase is one of only four pieces that we know for certain were actually made by the master potter himself. Read more... LInk to Stoke Museum.

Dudson Museum, Stoke on Trent
The Dudson Museum is uniquely housed in an original Grade ll listed bottle kiln (oven) in the heart of the Potteries. The bottle kiln is home to the Dudson ceramic collection and traces the company's production from 1800 to the present day. Visit their facebook page.


Flow Blue International Collectors’ Club Announces England Tour

October 8 - 14th at Winterthur

Flow Blue

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News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
This time we have another two new discoveries, two more interesting marks, and a rather fine comport in our auction report. We also have news of progress with Number Four and an appeal, yet again, for help with images.
June 2017

Recorder News 7

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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.

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 March 2017 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.

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 2016-2017 donors.
Download 2016 Annual Meeting RAFFLE 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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