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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

15,147 patterns and 1011 sources and still growing.


TCC Bulletins

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

The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources Now Offers More Than 15,000 Patterns!

The TCC Database Editor Team members present at the announcement of 15,000 patterns recorded, during the 2018 Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.

Providence, RI October 21, 2018 - At the 2018 Transferware Collectors Club Annual Meeting, TCC Database General Editor Connie Rogers announced an important milestone achieved in September. Thanks to a team of dedicated volunteer Pattern Editors, the club's Database of Patterns and Sources now contains more than 15,000 patterns transfer-printed on British pottery and porcelain between 1760 and 1900, and over 1,000 print and ceramic designs identified as sources for selected patterns. All entries have been carefully researched and documented by experts in the field.

This online database can be used on most computer, tablet and mobile phone formats. It provides users with easy online access to an invaluable source of information about transfer-printed patterns and their sources. Patterns can be searched by Pattern (and Series) Names, Maker's Names, Maker's Marks, Pattern Categories, Borders, Predominant Features, and by the Print and Ceramic Sources that inspired them. TCC members are able to access the full database with their login and password, and are able to print, download and share pattern records of interest.

Current TCC members enjoy full access to the database as a benefit of their membership. Non-members can access and utilize the database for a limited 24-hour period for just $10. For users who then wish to become TCC members, the $10 access fee will be applied to the full-year membership. Both Household and Business/Institutional Memberships are available. This robust and ever-growing database has become a valuable resource for archaeologists, ceramic researchers, collectors, curators, dealers, and historians. 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.

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.

Best Wishes for Thanksgiving from the Transferware Collectors Club

Thank you to Down East magazine. Photos courtesy of Michael Piazza Photography. Click on the images above to see larger versions. 

TCC President Scott Hanson likes to entertain with his hearth-cooked meals served in the transferware pattern unearthed around his 19th century house in Maine. Most of the transferware is Podmore Walker & Co. (later pieces in the pattern Wedgwood & Co.) "Venus" pattern. The soup tureen is Adams & Sons "Columbia" pattern. Click here to read more about Scott’s Thanksgiving.


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.


BBC Video on Transferware from the 1856 Wreck of the Josephine Willis

Link to video.


2018 Raffle held at the Annual Meeting in Warwick RI

The Raffle raised $1,882 making it the most successful to date.
These funds will benefit TCC educational programs.

View winners & donors.

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 Children of Flora"

the Children of Flora

Domed 5 inch polychrome or Prattware pot lid titled "The Children of Flora," ca. 1860. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Photo of the Month

Demise of the Garfield Works, Longton, Stoke on Trent, 1975

Images provided by Terry Woolliscroft in the Facebook Potteries of Stoke on Trent site.

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

Classified Ad

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.

Classified Ad

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.

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

by Henry E. Kelly

This book tells the story of china and earthenware manufacturers in Glasgow. Get more information.

India on Transferware: A Compendium of Indian Scenes on Transferware Together with Their Source Prints

by Michael Sack

Every known scene of India on transferware is included in one book, together with photos (where available) of both the patterns and the source prints from which they were derived. Get more information.

Featured Articles

Ways to Fit the Transfer Pattern Onto the Ware - Database Discoveries - Contribution # 20, August, 2015

by 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 platter was larger than ordinarily used in the standard dinner set. There were several ways this could be remedied. Read this article.

What's Happening in British Ceramics

by Loren Zeller

Destined for almost certain liquidation, the valuable Minton Archive was saved by the Art Fund with other do- nors who jointly raised £1.56m to purchase it from WWRD on 31 March, 2015.* The Archive was immediately gifted to the Stoke City Archives ensuring that it would forever be conserved and available nationally and interna- tionally for the public to enjoy. 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 send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

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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There are no auctions at this time.

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

2018 TCC Research Grant Recipients
The TCC is pleased to announce the 2018 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Program for the Study of British Transferware 2018 grant recipients.

Scott Hanson, USA
Study Title: Fund a Speaker for the 2018 TCC Annual Meeting
Study Abstract:
To provide funds to offset the expenses of a well-known individual in the field of British transferware to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2018 TCC Annual Meeting. The speaker will be asked to give two lectures which will be made available for publication on the TCC website.
Planned Completion Date: October 2018
Benefits to the TCC: The ability to procure speakers of considerable status to present topics of interest at the TCC annual meeting should increase meeting attendance and may increase club membership. Publication of the lectures on the website will benefit all who did not attend the meeting.

Michael Escolme, UK
Study Title: The Spode Blue Room: An Introduction
Study Abstract:
To write a printed pocket-sized paperback and extended hardback guide to the Spode Blue Room collection.
Planned Completion Date: January 2019
Benefits to the TCC: The guide will be made available on the TCC website, which will benefit especially TCC members who have not seen the collection.

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

Download a copy.

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.
Download Newsletter
Download Application

Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table Exhibit

April 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Winterthur Museum,
Garden & Library
More information.
Read about the exhibit in Antiques And The Arts Weekly article, download here.

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.

View Examples 



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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