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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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Database of Patterns and Sources

15,879 patterns and 1039 sources and still growing.

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TCC Bulletins

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

2019 Annual Meeting Birmingham, AL – October 17-20, 2019

Registration for the Annual Meeting in Birmingham has now closed. However, should you still wish to participate, please contact Annual Meeting Co-Chair Leslie Bouterie (email: leslie.bouterie@gmail.com) to determine space availability. Every effort will be made to accommodate late registrants.

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

Everard, Colclough & Townsend
The little-known and short-lived firm of Everard, Colclough & Townsend worked in Longton, probably from about 1840 through to the end of June 1845. At the time of writing, the TCC database has no records of any wares from the factory – possibly they had little trade with America – but they certainly made some distinctive transferware jugs. More information. Visit the Article Archives.

 

Pattern of the Month

Retreat from Waterloo

Retreat from Waterloo

Shown is a 10 inch soup plate made by Copeland & Garrett (1833-1847). Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves

Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves Pattern #18206. Maw & Co., Jackfield, Shropshire, c. 1874-95. The tile is 6 inches and printed in shades of blue. The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name. More images.

Photo of the Month

The Seven Sisters

J. & G. Meakin, Eastwood Works, Stoke-on-Trent, England

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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

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.

New
BULLETIN! TCC 2019 Number 2

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Read the issue's featured article A Chinese of Rank and a Marked Example Members, read the entire issue here.

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!

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. 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

Cleaning Historic Transferware

by Scott hanson

Antique transferware collector Scott T. Hanson shares his process for removing grime and under-glaze stains from historic Staffordshire transferware dishes. Using close-up photographs and clear text, the process is illustrated and described using two examples. After ten years of trial and error and experimentation, Hanson has developed a method that will remove the deepest stains from virtually any piece of glazed transferware, returning pieces to the bright colors and clean white backgrounds they had when they left the Staffordshire potteries in the 19th century.   Link to the book.

Ynysmeaudwy and the Williamses

by Mike Trew

This is the tale of a small potworks begun and run by a family of Cornishmen in a bleak outpost of the upper Swansea valley. Right from the start, its relative isolation from the other Swansea potteries ensured it an air of mystery which, in the years following its demise, assumed an almost mythical status.   Get more information.

Featured Articles

Did Benjamin Franklin invent transferware?

By Frank Davenport

The ON 3RD NOVEMBER 1773 Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) wrote a letter to Peter Perez Burdett, a young engraver then based in Liverpool, thanking him for sending his recently produced specimen of transfer-printed chinaware. Following words of appreciation and encouragement for the china, the elder statesman then makes an astonishing claim that he himself had pursued his idea for transferring pictures to pottery more than twenty years earlier, only to be laughed at by the English pottery trade. The invention of transferware pottery has been subject to academic dispute, but credit was ultimately bestowed on John Brooks as the creator and John Sadler, of Sadler & Green, Liverpool, as the developer of the transfer-print- ed style that revolutionised the surface decoration of ceramics for the following two hundred years. However, the importance to ceramic history of this 1773 letter written by Franklin has been overlooked.  Read this article.

Don't Believe Everything You Read on that Plate Database Discoveries - Contribution # 11 Transferware Collectors Club September 2013

by Len Kling

It's a painful thing to have to admit, because we all love our dishes and want to be able to trust them. However, the plain truth is that for almost two centuries, some of them have been deceiving their owners. We read the pattern marks and naturally take it for granted that what is printed there is accurate, but alas, that's not always the case. Perhaps some would think this is not an issue of the greatest importance, for just as a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, so a mismarked pattern is just as pleasing to the eye. Still, lest we forget that Staffordshire potters were not always above a bit of gentle skullduggery, here we look at some examples from the database that are in fact "ringers" inserted into series of views bearing a place name. When marked, it is with the series name, but they aren't identified individually.  Read this article.

FAQs

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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We are saddened to hear of the death of Bill Kurau. Bill was one of the original members of the Transferware Collectors Club. We shall miss his support, encyclopedic knowledge, and generosity. Click on the link to see Bill's obituary from Antiques and the Arts Weekly
Obit

The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) has relaunched three important online exhibition sites with new functionality and content enhancements.

With nearly one hundred thousand visitors to its three online exhibition sites, The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) reaffirms its commitment to providing a quality experience for visitors by relaunching the following three important exhibitions, now with new functionality and content:

• Spodeceramics.com, first launched in 2012 in partnership with the Winterthur Museum

• Americanhistoricalstaffordshire.com, branded Patriotic America, debuted in 2014 in collaboration with Historic New England, and

• Printedbritishpotteryandporcelain.com in partnership with the Northern Ceramic Society, was launched in 2015

Rich with content for ceramic collectors, researchers, authors, curators, and historic archaeologists, the sites are sure to deliver value for their visitors. The exhibition’s curators continue to enhance them and, now, with site application upgrades, including a new magnification feature and upgraded content management capabilities, the TCC and its collaborators are pleased to relaunch these exhibits, all free to a worldwide audience.
Download press release

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Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates
Semi-Annual Americana & Fine Antiquest Auction
November 15 & 16 37th
More information.

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

EVENTS
AMERICAN CERAMIC CIRCLE
2019 Symposium

Old Salem Museum & Gardens/Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
Winston-Salem, North
November 7 – 10, 2019
Download information.
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Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

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.
Contact the Membership Chair
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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.
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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
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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 20
We are able to offer some choice titbits – a charming series of children’s plates by Clews, a new “Old England” series view, a fascinating and little-known Patent mark, a special order piece, and two particularly interesting auction reports.
August 2019

Recorder News 20

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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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Contact:  
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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

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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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