#10--April 2013: Surprising Spout Prints
Author DeeDee Dodd writes "Recently I was intrigued when working with several patterns, used on tea and coffee wares. More specifically, the intrigue had to do with the varying spout prints found on these pieces. In fact, three of the spout prints appeared to be quite out of context, if not downright bizarre."
#9--February 2013: Enoch Wood's Series No. 106
Author Len Kling writes "Enoch Wood's No.106 Series of European views was probably produced in the early to mid 1830s. Unlike many series of patterns dating from that time, it was not made in a variety of hues, but always in a very attractive two-color combination, a yellow printed border with contrasting floral sprays and central design in brown or black. Yellow, of course, is the rarest of transferware colors, and it follows that items in this series are also uncommon."
#8--December 2012: Inappropriate Children's Patterns
Author Judie Siddall writes "Children haven't changed in the past two hundred years, but the concept of childhood and what is appropriate for children has changed. Nineteenth century British children's mugs and plates were created as inexpensive gifts or rewards to teach religion and the alphabet as well as to delight with pictures of animals and children's activities. However, some of the patterns found on this pottery are frightening!"
#7--November 2012: British Shipping Company China
Connie Rogers writes "The database is made much richer with the patterns and information sent to us by TCC members. Aside from a willow pattern platter that I found many years ago with its mark of the Allan Line, I was not aware of the many types and styles of transferware produced in the U. K. for individual ships and shipping companies. Thanks to Frank Davenport we are building a very interesting array of patterns in the database on this subject."
#6--October 2012: What’s in a Word: Vocabulary Discoveries from Transfer-Printed Advertising Ware
David Hoexter writes "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. Often related to medicinal products, these words offer the 21st century observer a chance to impress friends, business associates, doctors (not surprisingly, many of the words are medical in origin), and others in our everyday life."
#5—August 2012: Searching the Bibliography for Source Prints and Patterns
Michael Sack writes "One of the powerful features of our Database of transferware patterns is that the various searchable elements in it can be combined in many ways."
#4--July 2012: Aesthetic Movement Transferware:
Some Things of Beauty (and Utility)
Rita Robbins writes "Although I have been intrigued with Aesthetic Movement transferware for many years, it
wasn’t until I volunteered to enter patterns in this category into the TCC Database that I discovered the variety, richness, diversity, and scope within the movement. This was both an amazing and delightful discovery and made entering these patterns an almost daily delight."
#3--June 2012: Wood's Italian Scenery
Len Kling writes "Very little is known today about the life of early 19th century artist Elizabeth Frances Batty. Italian Scenery, From Drawings Made in 1817 by Miss Batty, was published in 1820 by Rodwell & Martin of London. The beautifully drawn and well engraved plates displayed what a contemporary critic called her 'eminent...topographical taste,' and it was not long before the publication came to the attention of Enoch Wood. The result was a series of dark blue views on dinnerware."
#2-- May 2012: Transferware Darning Eggs
A request from Tony Calvin of Cumbria, England about a possible attribution of a jug to the (John) Wilkinson Pottery of Whitehaven, West Cumberland (1820-1867), led to the serendipitous discovery of the uses of the rare egg-shaped transfer printed objects that have fascinated transferware author and TCC Database Category Editor Judie Siddall for years. Intrigued by this information, Judie writes about what she learned about the Wilkinson Pottery and its production of transferware eggs.
#1-- April 2012: Yellow Transfer Printed Brown Ware
Database General Editor Connie Rogers has prepared a short article, to be followed by contributions from category editors. Yellow Transfer Printed Brown Ware -- referred to here as YPB -- is a type of transferware that has only recently been added to the TCC Pattern and Source Print Database. Some collectors of transferware may not be aware of this type of transfer decoration as it is not commonly found. Read the article.
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