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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

16,099 patterns and 1044 sources and still growing.


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

2019 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Recipient

George Haggarty, Scotland
Project TitleA Catalog of Transfer-printed Pottery Produced by Scotland’s East Coast Potteries Prior to 1850.

Haggarty says, "In this paper I will use both extant examples and shards recovered archaeologically to highlight what evidence we have, for production of transfer printed wares, by the potteries situated between Portobello and Prestonpans."   Read article.

Single-Chambered Muffle Kiln

The enamel single-chambered muffle kiln at Gladstone Pottery Museum

No two bottle ovens or kilns were the same. Many, almost all of them, were built without architects drawings or plans. They were built 'by eye' based on the experience of the builder and the verbal requirements of the factory owner. Bottle oven builders were known to build an oven from scratch in 6 weeks.

The terms, bottle oven and bottle kiln, are often used interchangeably but this can sometimes get confusing. To most of us they mean the same thing - a complex brick-built, bottle-shaped structure for the firing of pottery or associated materials. But there is a technical difference between the two.  Read more.See more images.

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Images and text provided by Terry Woolliscroft October 2019.

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

2020 Annual Meeting Wilmington, DE – October 15-18, 2020

Mark your calendars for October 15 – 18, 2020 and make plans to join friends and fellow transferware enthusiasts for an enlightening and collegial Annual Meeting in Wilmington, Delaware. Through a close collaboration with Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library, attendees will participate in an exciting program of lectures by ceramic experts, museum tours and activities, and vessel handling sessions with exclusive access to the world renown Winterthur collection of ceramics.  More information.


Gladstone Pottery Museum Walk Through

Thank you to Terry Woolliscroft for directing us to this exciting walk through tour of the Gladstone Pottery Museum.  Those of us who have visited will enjoy “returning”, and those who have never visited will profit from this virtual visit, and hopefully will be inspired to visit in person.  Link to virtual tour.

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BULLETIN! TCC 2019 Number 3

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Read the issue's featured article:  One view, two artists, eight patterns. Members, read the entire issue  here.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XX No. 3, 2019 -- has been updated as of December 2019. A rich resource! Read it  here.


New Film

Bound By Clay: Celebrating Women’s Contribution to Ceramics in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

film link

Link here to YouTube.


Thanks to Loren Zeller and Phil Rowley for bringing this to our attention.

Pattern of the Month


Peace and Good Old Times

Shown is a 5 inch jug by an unknown maker printed with a sheet or chintz pattern. Visit  more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the “Pattern of the Month".

Tile Display of the Month

Manhood #02

Manhood #02

The pattern on this tile is one in a series of Ages of Man. A man is crouched in the field cutting hay with his scythe.  More images.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O’Hare for preparing the “Tile Display of the Month”.

Volunteers Needed for 2020 Meeting

Planning is underway for the 2020 TCC Annual Meeting and Leslie Bouterie has generously offered to lead the effort again as Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. Organizing the meeting involves too many tasks for one or two people to handle and additional volunteers are essential for the meeting to take place.

Volunteers are needed to be responsible for Logistics, Programming, Promotion, Administration, the Transferware Sale, and the Raffle. Several people expressed interest during the recent meeting in Birmingham, but several more are needed. If you have interest in learning more about the available positions, please contact TCC president Scott Hanson at  president@transcollectorsclub.org. Thank you!

Classified Ad

For Sale

A large collection of predominantly red and white Transferware - more than 100 pieces in all — mostly plates but also bowls, tureens, platters, tea pots, saucers and demitasse sets. Would prefer to sell or have auctioned the entire set. Collectors, Dealers and Auctioneers please contact: abrawilkin@gmail.com

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Classified Ad

WANTED - "Sydenham"

In search of "Sydenham" pattern by Joseph Clementson, preferably in blue but other colors considered.  The pattern dates to circa 1852 to 1864 and may have also been manufactured by his successor, Clementson Brothers.  Read more.

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.

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.

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!

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. 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.

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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.

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

History of the Staffordshire Potteries

by Simeon Shaw, 1829, reissued 1900.

Available as a PDF download. A classic publication, still referenced by researchers.  Download here.

Spode & Copeland: Over Two Hundred Years of Fine China and Porcelain

by Steven Smith

A Schiffer Book for Collectors. Over 440 vivid color images display the wide range of ceramics produced by the English pottery firm, established by Josiah Spode in the 1760s and continuing today. (With Price Guide)   Link to book.

Featured Articles

The News That Pratt Thought Fit to Print
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 18 Transferware Collectors Club, April, 2015

by Len Kling

Potters like Enoch Wood, Davenport and William Smith had been experimenting since the 1830s with the application of multi-colored transfers to dinner wares and tea wares, but it was not until about 1846 that patents were taken out on a polychrome printing process that successfully emulated the look of hand painted wares. Thomas, John and Joseph Mayer and John Ridgway & Co. were among those who made use of the polychrome process, but as time went on it became primarily synonymous with the name of Felix Pratt (F. & R. Pratt & Co). Thus, these wares are commonly know as "Prattware" (not to be confused with the high-fire colored Staffordshire ceramic figures also known as "Prattware"). Read more. Orphan Transferware Patterns and the TCC Assigne  Read this article.

Orphan Transferware Patterns and the TCC Assigned Name
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 25 Transferware Collectors Club, July, 2016

by Len Kling

The goal of the Transferware Club Database is to include EVERY transfer printed pattern produced in Britain from the very beginning, in the 1750s, to 1900 (the latter boundary being a bit porous, but in general we stay within it). Most of them are named (or at least bear a pattern number). We know who made them, they are well documented and relatively easy to record. But some of them remain mysteries no matter how we search. In the end, if we want to include them in the database, we just have to do the best we can. We scrutinize the borders, the central patterns, and whatever enigmatic marks they might bear, and describe them to the best of our abilities. They're dubbed with a TCC Assigned Name and that's where things end for the time being.  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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Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates Winter Americana & Variety Auction
February 28 & 29, 2020

Day Two will have several transferware selections including the remaining pieces from the John & late Evelyn Teague Collection of Bloomingdale, Indiana. Patterns include "Wadsworth Tower" (pattern #3339), E. Wood & Sons "Italian Scenery" series (patterns #1736, #7976), "Quadrupeds" series (patterns #3131, #3150), and an anti-slavery plate featuring the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (pattern #2262). The complete catalog will be posted by approximately February 14. Link to the online auction catalogue.

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

2020 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program
Grant applications must be received by May 4th. Application forms are available for  download.
Read press release.

The Spode Museum Trust Seeks Funding for Its 250th Anniversary Display of the Spode Collection

In Partnership with Portmeirion, the current Spode brand owner, the Trust plans to celebrate Spode’s 250th Anniversary by opening an exhibition in the Old Museum space with new displays from the collection held in storage since the factory’s closing over ten years ago. These new displays will feature the company’s outstanding ceramic production including the classic Georgian Greek, Caramaniam and Italian patterns as well as pattern books, order books and much more.

In order to complete their work, the Trust needs to raise £35,000 (approximately $46,000 US) to renovate the Old Museum space and the existing showcases, create the new displays and to link the original museum space to the existing Heritage Center opening in May 2020. The renovated space and new exhibits will take the Heritage Centre to a new level making the full range of Spode production available for future generations to enjoy.
Read more.

TCC Announces Legacy Program

Donors who are committed to ensuring the future of the Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) by making a donation while living or by including a bequest in their estate plan will be pleased to learn that the TCC has just announced a Legacy Program designed to support these objectives.  Learn more.

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.
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Recorder News Issue 22
January 2020

There have been lots of interesting transferware topics in the last twelve months and in this issue we can add a couple of new discoveries, some informative marks, a nicely marked toy plate, and a view of the Staffordshire Potteries which hopefully will never be recreated. Read more.


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.
Link here.

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

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.

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. 3, 2019 -- has been updated as of December 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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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


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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