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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

14,226 patterns and 960 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

2017 Phoenix, Arizona

2017 Annual Meeting Important News!

The forthcoming Annual Meeting, “A Kaleidoscope of British Transferware Patterns, Sources, Shapes, & Sherds!” Looking forward to seeing you in Phoenix....Expect Great Weather! Plan to pack for warm, dry days and cool evenings. Haven't registered yet? There are a few rooms left, but time is running out. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to enrich your knowledge, your collections, and your friendships in a casual educational setting with fellow transferware enthusiasts. Reserve your space now as registration will soon close.

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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.

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



Seen here is a 11.38 inch by 9.12 inch dish made by John Ridgway (1830-1841). 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-Three of an Ongoing Series

“Hamburg Ansichten” seriesThe “British Palaces” series appears on dinner wares printed in blue, black, brown, purple, and shades of pink or red. There are at least a dozen different views, including six of Windsor Castle, two of the Brighton Pavilion, and others identified as Eton, Virginia Water, and the Royal Cottage in Windsor Great Park. More information. Visit the Article Archives.

Photos of the Month

Greenway, Devon, England
'Greenway' - the holiday home of Agatha Christie, who, together with her family, were avid collectors of all types of ceramics which are displayed throughout the house. The picture showing the display of a dinner service (by Hicks and Meigh) was taken inside the house in what is now the restaurant. There is also an American connection as the frieze in the library was painted during World War II by Lt Marshall Lee, who was a member of the US Coast Guard stationed in the house prior to the D Day landings. More information. Click on images for enlarged view. - Thanks to Malcolm Lewin for bringing this location to our attention, and for providing the images.

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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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

Spode Transfer Printed Ware 1784-1833 

by Drakard and Holdway

Spode Transfer Printed Ware, first published in 1983, has now been extensively enlarged and revised, listing and illustrating every known transfer print issued by the Spode family at their Works in Stoke-on-Trent. More than 100 additional prints have been discovered since 1983. Get more information.

An Illustrated Guide to British Jugs From Medieval Times to the Twentieth Century

by R.K. Henrywood

This extensively illustrated volume covers all decent-sized everyday serving jugs, which were predominantly made in earthenware or stoneware, and features all decorative techniques, including two good chapters on transfer printing.Get more information.

Featured Articles

British Shipping Company China 
Database Discoveries, Contribution #7 Transferware Collectors Club

by Michael Sack

tileThe database is made much richer with the patterns and information sent to us by TCC members. Aside from a willow pattern platter that I found many years ago with its mark of the Allan Line, I was not aware of the many types and styles of transferware produced in the U. K. for individual ships and shipping companies. Thanks to Frank Davenport we are building a very interest ing array of patterns in the database on this subject. Frank has written two very well - documented articles for the TCC Bulletin on "The Ceramics from CSS Alabama" in the 2011 Fall Issue, Vol. XII No. 3 and "Confederate Navy Ironstone" in 2012 Vol. XIII No. 2. In addition, he has sent me dozens of photos of other transfer printed patterns used on British ships related to several different shipping companies. The purpose of this article is to provide a look at some of the different types of patterns and urge others to add to the category by sending me more photos and information. Read the article.


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.


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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2017 TCC Research Grant Recipients

Helen Hallesy, UK
Study Title:  Swansea Commemorative Pottery:  Politics, Reform, Royalty, Wars

Loren Zeller, USA; Richard Halliday, UK
Study Title:  The Chinoiserie Invasion:  British Transferware in the Chinese Style 1750-1900
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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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Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques

Hundreds of (mostly ceramic) antiques on display through October 1 at the Boscobel House & Gardens, in Garrison, NY. Boscobel dates from 1804 and is a repurposed Neoclassical mansion. More information and Aditional information.

Minton Conservation Project

The Minton Conservation Project came to a close in August. Read more about this important project.

Flow Blue International Collectors’ Club Announces England Tour
October 8 - 14th at Winterthur

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

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
Time for Number Eight of the Recorder News with some more discoveries, another interesting mark, and a reminiscent auction report. We also have up-to-date news of progress with Number Four and yet another appeal for help with images. We hope you continue to enjoy these newsletters and welcome feedback. Any contributions would be gratefully received.
August 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.XVIII No. 1, 2017 -- has been updated as of July 2017. 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 2017 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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