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Sharing a passion for antique British transferware from 1760 to 1900

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

13,856 patterns and 953 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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. Download registration. 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

Wm Clayton & Cos Bears Grease

Genuine Bears Grease

Shown is a 19th century English pot lid advertising “Wm Clayton & Cos Bears Grease.” Bears Grease was used as a hair pomade. 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

Dudson MuseumThe Dudson Museum in Stoke on Trent is housed in this historic kiln. Visit the museum's Facebook site for more information.
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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

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 Blue China Book 1916

The Blue China Bookby Ada Walker Camehl

Early American Scenes and History Pictured in the Pottery of the Time. With a Supplementary Chapter describing the celebrated Collection of Presidential China in the White House at Washington, D.C., and a complete Checking List of known Examples of Anglo-American Pottery. More Information. More information.

The Glasgow Pottery of John and Matthew Perston Bell, China
and Earthenware Manufacturers in Glasgow

by Henry E. Kelly
Photographs, layout and computer work by Douglas A. Leishman. Revised edition, July 2006 More Information.

Featured Articles

The "Uva" Mystery

DBD21BouterieDFHBy Leslie Bouterie

The talents of master detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple are often needed to decipher the mysteries of transferware patterns. As the Floral and Botanical editor for the TCC database, I channel their skills whenever possible an d try to emulate their thorough investigatory techniques. Recently, one such mystery presented itself in the form of an eBay listed earthenware tankard, transfer printed in blue. Link to article.

Ways to Fit the Transfer Pattern Onto the Ware

DBD20ConnieRogersby Connie Rogers

Imagine the dilemma the transferer faces when the engraving at hand is not large enough to cover the entire center of the platter being decorated. Perhaps the managers of the pottery did not think it was worth the expense of cutting a larger engraving because the pl atter was larger than ordinarily used in the standard dinner set. There were several ways this could be remedied. One solution to the problem was to add another layer of the border. 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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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, Stokes 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.

2017 Research Grant Proposals Now being accepted.

All grant applications must be received by May 4.

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Museum course –

Pressing Matters: The Art of Printing at Historic Deerfield

March 23, 30, 2017
Historic Deerfield, MA

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APRIL 20–21, 2017

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April 7, 2017

The extensive and varied transferware collection of TCC member William Graham will be auctioned April 7, 2017 by Golding Young in Grantham, England. Several of the items were included in the 1998 “True Blue” exhibition at the Wedgwood Museum, organized by the Friends of Blue, and are featured in the exhibit catalogue. There are 150 pieces dating from 1780 - 1830. The auction catalogue will be available at www.the-saleroom.com and www.goldingyoung.com.

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
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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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 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.

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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