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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

14,890 patterns and 984 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

2018 Annual Meeting, Providence, RI

This year’s Annual Meeting will focus on the marketing and exportation of transferware from Great Britain to North America. Our Keynote Speaker Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, UK, and author of Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins: Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880, will be joined by an impressive line-up of experts presenting a wide variety of topics from maritime decoration on printed wares to Chinese export porcelain and its influence on British transferware. Download Meeting Preview #1:  A Day at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Get more information. Download brochure and registration.


The Annual Raffle continues to set new records for the funds raised as a result of your outstanding donations and generous ticket purchases. Please consider an item for donation, it should have a retail value of $200 or more, and you will receive a receipt for an IRS charitable deduction.

Send a good picture of the piece, its mark and a brief description to Frank Davenport at frankdhaddonfield@outlook.com

Donors will be acknowledged (if agreeable) at the Annual Meeting, and in the Bulletin and eNews.

Pattern of the Month

Geese with Peonies and Feathers

Shown is a 10.75 inch plate known as Geese with Peonies and Feathers. It was made by G.M. & C.J. Mason (1813-1826). Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Photo of the Month

Cooper-Molera Adobe
Monterey, California
Examples of transferware (and additional contemporary English and Chinese pottery), excavated from the Cooper-Molera Adobe, a component of State of California Monterey State Historic Park.  Photographed by David Hoexter in June 2009, with Dick Henrywood (pictured), Melanie Henrywood and Judie Siddall. Additional images. To view additional examples, click here. For more information on the site, click here.

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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

1978 Last Bottle Oven Firing

Historic 1978 Last Bottle Oven Firing to be Commemorated by Gladstone Museum August and September 2018.
More information, Link to new book: Bottle Ovents and the Story of the Final Firing
Thank you, Terry Woolliscroft, for the photos.

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New Book
Bottle Ovens and the Story of the Final Firing

by Terry Woolliscroft and Pam Wooliscroft
This book, published in the 40th anniversary year, tells the story of The Last Bottle Oven Firing. Part 1 answers the question 'What is a bottle oven?' Part 2 details the 1978 final firing with contemporary reports and previously unseen images. Part 3 is a bottle oven dictionary explaining some of the unusual words specific to bottle ovens and the pottery industry. Available by phone orders only UK £9.95. Get more information.

BULLETIN! TCC 2018 Number 1

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Read the issue's featured article Japan Dreams of Egypt: Cairo by William T Copeland and Sons By Kelly Keating. Members, read the entire issue here.


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

Illiad series
A series of classical figure patterns made by G.L.Ashworth & Bros. of Hanley. Most of the figures are derived from Flaxman’s illustrations to Homer’s Iliad, hence the title adopted here. More information. Visit the Article Archives.

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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

101 Ceramic Highlights The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery  

101 Ceramic Highlights profiles the ceramic collections at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, through 101 carefully selected entries. Introductory essays also explore how this unique and special collection has developed from its origins in the 19th century. Get more information.

The Cambrian Company: Swansea Pottery in London 1806-1808

by Jonathan Gray

In 1808, James Christie II was employed to sell the remaining stock of the Cambrian Company, the London Warehouse of the Swansea Pottery located at 64 Fleet Street. The auction sales, between February and April 1808, comprised around 14,000 pieces in over 1,000 lots, similar in scale to the Wedgwood & Bentley disposals in 1781. Much of the finest pottery made in Swansea was included in these 1808 sales - pieces decorated with Nelson, the Welsh Bard, Birds and Butterflies etc. Get more information.

Featured Articles

Surprising Spout Prints South-East Asia: A Major Export Destination for British Transferware

by Graeme Cruickshank

For most of the 19th century, millions upon millions of items of transfer-printed earthenware made in British factories were exported to virtually every corner of the planet. In terms of sheer bulk, probably the country which imported more than any other was the United States. There were a number of other 'hot spots' around the world, though only recently has it become clear that one of these regions was South-East Asia. Read this article.

Swansea Pottery from 1811 to Its Closure in 1870

by Arleen and Grahame Tanner

In 1811 L.W.Dillwyn decided to take into a Limited Partnership Timothy Bevington and his son John. Articles of Partnership were signed on 25th December, 1811. The duties of the Bevingtons' were "to undertake jointly the whole management and conduct of the Concern, subject only to his (Dillwyn's) own occasional personal superintendence" The Bevingtons received no salaries-Timothy receiving 5/20ths and John 2/20ths of the profits while Dillwyn retained the remaining 13/20ths part of the profits. 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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Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.

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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Clay College Stoke: New Technical College for Studio Ceramics

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Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table Exhibit

April 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Winterthur Museum,
Garden & Library
More information.

James Madison’s Montpelier Archaeology Expeditions

Montpelier announces its 2018 Excavation Expedition and Other Programs. More information.

Historic Eastfield New York 2018 Workshops

For four decades, the Annual Series of Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops has offered workshops and symposia in the traditional trades and domestic arts. The goal is to maintain the highest educational standards, with instructors who are leaders in their fields. The in-depth, hands-on workshops appeal to a wide range of students, including tradesmen, craftsmen, and museum personnel seeking to advance their knowledge and skills, as well as homeowners looking to deal with issues concerning historic home maintenance & restoration. Link to 2018 Workshops.

Preliminary Announcement Festival of Bottle Ovens
More information

Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession: Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois: Through August 30, 2018

The exhibition centers on Chinese blue and white porcelain collected and emulated around the world. Potters around the world attempted to mimic the aesthetic qualities of blue and white porcelain, making faience (Delftware) and other ceramics. The exhibition will include American, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Swedish, and Turkish ceramics from the Ming Dynasty to the present day. More information.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XIX No. 1, 2018 -- has been updated as of May 2018. A rich resource! Read it here.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder News
With publication of Volume Four of The Transferware Recorder behind us we have several new discoveries, a detailed retailer’s mark, and another fine presentation jug for an auction report.
August 2018

Recorder News 14

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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
2017-2018 donors.

Download 2017 Annual Meeting RAFFLE DONORS.

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.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated September 2017 to April 2018 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.

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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