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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!


Pattern and Source Print Database

12,843 patterns 844 source prints and still growing!


TCC Bulletins

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

Victoria & Albert Museum

2016 Annual Meeting Charlottesville, VA
October 23-26

more info to follow


Summary Report of the Special England Meeting and Tour

Summary Report Annual Meeting 2015Loren Zeller has prepared a vibrant summary report of the Special England Meeting and Tour, loaded with wonderful images photographed by Loren and by Larry Bouterie. The event was organized by Loren and Pat Halfpenny. Read the report.

NEW Database Discoveries Article #22

A Picturesque Voyage to India by Way of China


Artists Thomas and William Daniell are best known for their monumental work, Oriental Scenery (1795-1808), a collection of 144 elephant-folio size aquatints illustrating scenes of India from their eight-year sojourn there. Many of those aquatints were used by potters in the 1820s as sources for Indian patterns on transferware. However, in order to get to India, the Daniells had to travel first to China and then back-track to India. It is not recorded how long they remained in China, or for that matter, how long they were in China at the end of their journey waiting for a ship back to England. Making the most of their layovers, though, they published in 1810 a smaller book, A Picturesque Voyage to India by the Way of China, of fifty aquatints showing scenes of their voyage to China as well as sights they observed while in and around Canton and finally in Calcutta. This book didn’t escape resourceful potters in the 1820s either, and the Transferware Collectors Club database contains at least ten patterns with elements “adopted” from these prints. What hasn’t been shown in the database is the text that accompanies these prints, and in these days of political correctness, much of it is shocking. Read the article. See DBD archives.

Demonstration of Copper Plate Engraving and Printing

An excellent seven minute video demonstrating the process of engraving a copper plate, and then printing from the plate. Presented by the Rhode Island School of Design.

copper plate engraving film


Henrywood's Highlights Number Twenty-Seven of an Ongoing Series

“Famous Places” series“Famous Places” series
A series of views from around the world made by the Brownhills Pottery Co. of Staffordshire. The views are printed on a sheet ground decorated with flowers and the letters of the alphabet. Most examples are plates, of three different sizes, each bearing two views, but mugs with single views are also recorded. More information. Visit the Article Archives

Dick Henrywood Seeks Images for Transferware Recorder #3

Henrywood booksDick Henrywood is now assembling information and images for the third volume of the highly informative and useful Transferware Recorder series, and hopes to be in print in the coming months. Dick is in need of images of plates and other forms to supplement those he has procured thus far. More information. For additional information on the series and/or to order volumes 1 and 2, click here.

NEW Book

H&R Daniel Earthenwares

H&R Daniel EarthenwaresBy John & Jeannette Simpson, Brian Smith, Bryan Beardmore
The reputation of Henry and Richard Daniel is based on their glorious porcelain but, in spite of its importance to the commercial success of the company, little has been written about their huge production of earthenware. More Information.

Pattern of the Month

William Pyke

Obverse Full

Shown is a 10.5 inch plate that advertises the jeweler William Pyke, ca. 1891-1905. The company’s specialties are enumerated in the text on the plate: “William Pyke 42,44 Market Street 227 Grange Rd Birkenhead / Diamond Merchant Goldsmith Jeweler Watch Maker / Tempus Fugit Use it Wisely.” Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.


BULLETIN! TCC 2015 Number 2

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A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "Multi-color printing on ceramics – its earlier than you think" by Pat Halfpenny. Members, read the entire issue here.

Photo of the Month

Potteries of Stoke on Trent Moving pots around the pottery requires balance, brawn, and brains. Sources: left - Potteries of Stoke on Trent Facebook page, imagery dates unknown; right - David Hoexter, at Burgess & Leigh Middleport Pottery, Stoke on Trent, October 2015 ——————
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:

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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!

Classified Ads

Seeking a single "Richard Jordan" dinner plate, any color, no faults.

Richard Jordan Thanks, Jim Poles (member) reply to Jim120253@aol.com

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Posted 11/30/15

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.

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 Book and Article

Book: Swansea Pottery Transferware

Sqansea Pottery TransferwareBy Arleen and Grahame Tanner

This book is an overview of the middle and later periods of the Cambrian Pottery transferware production. It attempts to provide an understanding of the difficulties involved in precisely attributing patterns to the different periods of production especially as some patterns were used over long periods of time. More information.

Article: Assessing Modern Theories on Swansea Transferware

Swansee Pottery

By Tanner, Arleen and Grahame

Diverse theories exist as to whether Samuel Hollins produced Swansea Pottery blue and white transfer ware. Indeed some researchers postulate that the Samuel Hollins' Pottery produced very significant quantities of blue and white transfer ware. On the contrary our position is that Samuel Hollins did not produce any blue and white transfer printed wares. Further, the sugges- tion that patterns previously attributed to Swansea should now be reassigned to Samuel Hollins we see as incorrect. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate our reasons for holding this position. Download 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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Montpelier Ceramics Focused Archaeology Workshop


Montpelier, the presidential home and estate of James Madison in Orange, Virginia, extends a special invitation to TCC members and friends to participate in their LEARN Archaeology Expedition Program, during a special ceramics-focused Historic Artifacts Workshop to be held from February 21-26, 2016. Learn more.

Minton Archives on Display

Minton Archives

The Minton Company’s archive, consisting of tens of thousands of documents relating to company and factory life, was recently presented to the City of Stoke-on-Trent. The Welcome Home Minton display is now open to the public at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The display is a multimedia presentation of original archive material, physical objects and a touch table which allows visitors to explore the digitized content so far.

Wedgwood Museum Opens in Barlaston

Refurbished Wedgwood Museum Opens in Barlaston

It has been 10 months since the historic Wedgwood Museum ceramic collection was saved. Now, a new museum housing the vast collection has opened to the public at the £34m World of Wedgwood attraction in Barlaston, Staffordshire. Note: we’ll be visiting the new museum as part of our upcoming October Meeting and Tour. More Information.

New Richards Foundation Research Grant Program article.
Richards grantTransferware Images of Latin America Made by British Factories (1830-1930): the Case of Argentina. Download the Article

New TCC Research Grant

The TCC Research Grant Committee has announced the 2015 recipient, Richard Halliday, whose project is “Transferware Medical and Toilet Wares 1780-1850”. More Information.

Spode frontgate

The Spode Museum Trust and Friends of the Spode Museum Seek TCC Member Support
More Information.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council will be spending £1.7m on upgrading the former Spode pottery site.
More Information.

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


Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 12,000 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.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol. XVI No. 2, September 2015 -- has been updated as of October 2015. A rich resource! Read it here.

Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

Blue and White:
British Printed Ceramics

Victoria and Albert Museum
London, England
Exhibition January 2015

Victoria & Albert Museum

more information.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in September 2015 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.

We are now offering new advertising opportunities for TCC member transferware dealers, auctioneers, and show managers. Read more.

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 2014-2015 donors.

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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