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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

15,254 patterns and 1021 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

California / West Coast Regional Meeting February 24, 2019

Our fifth TCC West Coast Regional Meeting will take place in Moraga (east of Oakland), California on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The meeting is intended for TCC members in the Western States, but all are welcome, including guests and anyone who loves transferware. There will be a charge of $10 per person to cover costs and refreshments. Join us for the fifth California / West Coast TCC regional meeting. More Information

Membership Renewals

The Membership renewals have been mailed. Please ease the work of our member chair by renewing promptly. Note: as previously announced, members received an automatic (and free) six-month extension from July 1 in order to facilitate our switching to a January-December membership year. Please remember to donate to the TCC when you renew. Donations are used for our educational programs. More information.


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

“Continental Views” series (Machin & Potts)
A series of individually titled views of Europe made by Machin & Potts of Burslem. The series and individual titles appear along with the maker’s initials M&P in a printed cartouche mark, and one of two different marks referring to the firm’s patent process also sometimes appears. More information. Visit the Article Archives.

2018 Annual Meeting, Providence, RI

This year's annual meeting in Providence RI has just ended with rave reviews. Members enjoyed a day-trip to the Mystic Seaport Museum, the nation's leading maritime history museum and home to many historic wooden vessels and tall ships, including the Charles W. Morgan. The visit included lectures by the Museum Curator Fred Calabretta and TCC Keynote Speaker Dr. Neil Ewins. The group returned to Providence for two more days of informative lectures, activities, and the Sunday Transferware Sale. Watch for a full report many images from the meeting.

Featured Presentations from the 2018 Annual Meeting by Neil Ewins

  1. "Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins...": Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880. by Neil Ewins download pdf
  2. Origins, Backgrounds and Cultural Identities of American Importers and Dealers. by Neil Ewins download pdf

New Book
CHINOISERIE: Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style 1750-1900

by Richard Halliday and Loren Zeller

TCC members, Richard Halliday and Loren Zeller have just published a new book titled CHINOISERIE: Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style 1750-1900. The book is now available for purchase. It is a hardcover, 416-page book, 270 x 210 mm (10.6 x 8.27 in), with over 1450 colour images. Published by Gomer Publishing, South Wales. Generous support from the TCC Richards Foundation Research Grant Program helped to make this book possible. Get more information.

Pattern of the Month

"The Sailor's Return"

the Children of Flora

Shown is a 10 inch plate titled "The Sailor's Return," maker unknown, ca. 1840. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Tile Display of the Month

Fluffy Floral Time

Many of our members were simply blown away by the beauty of the individual and grouped transferware tiles portrayed by our speaker, Hans van Lemmen, at our 2017 meeting in Phoenix, and in the recent TCC Bulletin article by Connie Rogers, “Anatomy of Tiles” (TCC Bulletin Vol. XIX, No. 2, September 2018). Featured tiles in Connie’s article are documented in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. We (your eNews editor) were particularly struck by tile groupings prepared by our DB Image Editor, Kurt O’Hare. Thus, a new eNews feature was born. Featured herein is a 24 image composite prepared by Kurt of a maker unknown tile assigned the name Fluffy Floral Time (DB Pattern No. 17790). Read more.

Photo of the Month

Transferware Salmon in New Brunswick, Canada

Public art in St. John, New Brunswick, one of ten, six foot tall, fibreglass salmon sculptures created by artist John Morgan. More information on the installation. Thanks to Leslie Bouterie, photos by Leslie's friend.

Click on images for enlarged view.

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

New Book
Rathbone, China and Earthenware Manufacturers, Tunstall, Staffordshire 1808 to 1843

by Ian Harvey
Rathbone was a successful medium size pottery and this much expanded second edition illustrates the marks, shapes and patterns of tea ware, dessert ware, mugs and jugs, spill vases and punch bowls. For members of the TCC, there are numerous prints, both plain and with additional colouring, and a full chronology of the Broseley/Willow patterns used by Rathbone. Based on finds in the US, it is apparent that Rathbone exported to America, often with shapes particular to that market, and TCC members will have examples not recorded in the UK. In the interest of ceramic research, the cost of this book is subsidised by the author, who intends to do annual updates with images for the Newsletter of the Northern Ceramic Society to ensure that finds are in the public domain. This is a limited edition of 200 numbered copies. Get more information.


BULLETIN! TCC 2018 Number 2

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Read the issue's featured article Anatomy of Tiles By Connie Rogers. Members, read the entire issue here.

Database Discoveries Article #26

The “Uva” Mystery – Continued

boy stealing apples

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.


Seeking Facebook Editor

The TCC Facebook page will be losing one of our editors at the end of the year. We need one new editor, someone who will conscientiously add several new entries to our page each week. It’s fun, educational, and you will contribute to the continued success of our club. Contact Judie Siddall: jrsiddall@gmail.com

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New Book

Rathbone – China and Earthenware Manufactures, Tunstall, Staffordshire 1808 to 1843, Ian Harvey (second edition).

A4, hard back, dust jacket, 237 pages and 900 high quality images. Images include 14 Rathbone marks, 200 shapes of tea ware, mugs and jugs, over 330 patterns on tea ware, mugs, jugs, dessert ware and vases including Broseley and many other prints and sprigs - pattern number ranges to help identification. Many examples seen in US collections and publications.

Rathbone potteries history and images comparing Rathbone with other Regency potters with identical or similar moulds and patterns. Helpful references to the Berthoud book images for teapots, creamers and cups to agree or correct attributions.

Collector price £50 Airmail postage only £10 Credit card or Paypal Contact Ian Harvey, 27 Landford Road, Putney, London SW15 1AQ Email iph@harvey27.demon.co.uk Phone 0044 20 8789 7358 bwil@suddenlink.net

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Merlin Antiques

David Hoexter and Judie Siddall established Merlin Antiques in 1990 because of their great love of 19th century British transfer printed ceramics (transferware).  Although their specialty is transferware, they also sell Gaudy Welsh, lusterware, pot lids and other miscellaneous British ceramics.  Judie and David live in Palo Alto, CA., where you can see ceramics by appointment, or you can look anytime online at www.merlinantiques.com

Contact us by email or phone (650-494-7920), or visit our website. If you don't see what you want, ask us what else we have in stock (much more than currently shown online). Additional images.

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Wanted to Purchase

Wanted to purchase:  Black and white transferware egg or egg tray;  Also, any J.W. Harrison (of Liverpool)  advertising transferware such as a calendar plate.  Contact Barbara at bwil@suddenlink.net

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. 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.

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

Thomas Rothwell 1740-1807, Copper-Plate Engraver: A Survey of His Life and Work with Particular Reference to His Work at Swansea Pottery 

by Arleen and Grahame Tanner

A publication exploring the work of Thomas Rothwell available for FREE download - the book is the result of some 40 years of research by TCC members Arleen and Grahame Tanner. Get more information.

Staffordshire Romantic Transferware Patterns Vol 1-3

by Petra Williams

Staffordshire vol. 1 has 536 patterns, Staffordshire vol. 2 has 394 patterns, and Staffordshire vol. 3 has 130 patterns (1060 patterns total). Serious collectors should have all three volumes to get the full benefit of Petra Williams knowledge and great research of transferware. Out of print, but copies commonly available on eBay, Amazon, and specialty used book sellers. Get more information.

Featured Articles

What's in a Word: Vocabulary Discoveries from Transfer-Printed Advertising Ware. Database Discoveries - Contribution # 6, October, 2012

by David Hoexter

David describles how it's amazing what one can learn from transferware and the examples included in our Database. English 19th century advertising product containers and other ware contain a wealth of vocabulary or word usage which I have never heard before. Read this article.

Where do Patterns come from? or Who decided Delaware looked like this?

by Pat Halfpenny

Along with many TCC members, I have often speculated on how transfer printed patterns originated and how new patterns evolved. This paper, inspired by my reflections on the subject, is based on a group of plates in The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, which give us a deeper understanding of this subject. 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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Richards Transferware Research Grant Program: 2019

Applications Now Being Accepted.

The Transferware Collectors Club, a US-based international non-profit organization dedicated to the study of British transfer-printed ceramics, is pleased to welcome applications for the 2019 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program for the study of British Transferware. Application submittal deadline is May 4. More information.


The Spode Museum Trust faces what is perhaps it’s most challenging time ahead in 2019. Read more.

California TCC Regional Meeting February 24, 2019

Location will be in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Details forthcoming.
More information: David Hoexter davidhoexter@icloud.com.

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Jeffrey S. Evans February 15, 2019 Auction Features Children’s Transferware.

See more images and get more information.

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
Issue Sixteen of the Recorder News, the sixth and final issue for 2018. They have a bonus this time with no less than three New Discoveries and three interesting marks.
December 2018

Recorder News 15

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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.XIX No. 2, 2018 -- has been updated as of September 2018. A rich resource! Read it here.

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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