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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!


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

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2016 Meeting - Important news!

Monticello CollageWe’ve had an excellent response for the 2016 TCC Annual Meeting Transferware for the Presidents’ Tables.  Although registration has now closed, should you wish to participate, please contact Meeting Organizer Leslie Bouterie (email: leslie.bouterie@gmail.com) to determine space availability. Every effort will be made to accommodate late registrants.

Transferware for Montpelier and The Reeves Center A Request for Donations

peony platterIn conjunction with the 2016 Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, the TCC has been asked for collaborative assistance in augmenting collections at two historic sites which will be visited in the course of the conference. By sharing your collections with these fine institutions, your transferware treasures will be viewed and enjoyed by their many visitors. Read more...

Spotlight on Optional Day

The Reeves Center at Washington and Lee UniversityThere are only a few spaces remaining. This excursion to the Reeves Center at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, focuses on small group participation led by ceramics experts Ron Fuchs, Pat Halfpenny and Jonathan Gray. Highlights will include touring of the galleries and two special exhibitions, and the handling of antique ceramics from the permanent collection. It is an exceptional opportunity offered exclusively to TCC Members attending the Annual Meeting. More Information.

2016 Annual Meeting Close — RAFFLE!

Our Popular Raffle Returns!
The ever popular Transferware Raffle will return in October as a feature of the 2016 Annual Meeting. The raffle items will be on view, tickets will be sold, and drawings will be held during the Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia. Proceeds will benefit educational endeavors of the TCC. With the largest number of items offered heretofore, the 2016 raffle will feature a variety of beautiful transfer-printed wares, with patterns from several collecting areas: Chinoiserie, Aesthetic, Romantic Themes and Children’s Subjects. Also included will be a rich selection of reference books on related topics, guaranteed to enhance the library of any transferware enthusiast. Each of the eight prizes (individually or in designated groups) has a retail value of $200 or more. Learn more.

BULLETIN! TCC 2016 Number 1

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A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "The Sailing Packet Josephine Willis" byFrank Davenport. Members, read the entire issue here.


Pattern of the Month

Ghaut of Cutwa

Ghaut of Cutwa

Seen is a 9 inch plate depicting the Ghaut of Cutwa made by William Adams III (&S) 1804-1829 around 1824. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Database Discoveries Article #25

Orphan Transferware Patterns and the TCC Assigned Name

boy stealing apples

Author Len Kling writes "Consider the case, then, of the Orphan Transferware Pattern. We have all seen them, languishing around the fringes of transferware society, without name or origin. If they are particularly lovely or interesting in some way they may still be taken into our homes, but most of the time we can find out nothing about them. In some ways these poor little tykes irritate us - why isn't there more information available"? Read the article. See DBD archives.

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

Arabian Sketches series “Arabian Sketches” series
A series of romantic-style scenes introduced by William Hackwood in the 1830s. The series remained in production after 1843, initially by William & Thomas Hackwood and later still by Cockson & Harding. The central scenes appear within a border which features scenic vignettes separated by linked foliate-scroll floral cartouches, with an inner band of radiating leafy fronds. More information. Visit the Article Archives

Photo of the Month

Spode FactorySpode FactorySpode Factory, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent. Josiah Spode l acquired the site in what is now Church Street, Stoke in 1776 and Spode wares were made there continuously until 2008. In the 19th Century it was one of the two largest potteries in Staffordshire, boasting some 22 bottle ovens and employing around a thousand people.
LEFt: Source of Image 1927: website The Wedgwood Big House Burslem Facebook. Source of Information: website Spode Museum Trust.
RIGHT: Source of Image 2016: Google Earth.
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!

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.

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

People & Pots

People & Potsby Terence A. Lockett

Terry Lockett, the founder Chairman and a former President of the Northern Ceramic Society, is a freelance lecturer and writer who gave many talks over the past 40 or more years that involved a good deal of research, but were given just once and never recorded. This book is a compilation of material that reveals much about Terry's life and also the societies and institutions with which he has been associated in the past 50 years. More Information.

Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900

Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900by R.K. Henrywood

This is the most comprehensive list of Staffordshire potters ever published and includes much information unavailable in existing literature. This area produced some ninety percent of the pots made in England and is of prime importance in the study of British ceramics. More Information.

Featured Articles

The Romance of Old Blue: collecting and displaying Old Blue Staffordshire China in the American Home c.1870-1938

by Anne Anderson

Dubbed Anglo-American, being made in England but used in America, Old Blue Staffordshire was recast Americana, with both Richard Townley Haines Halsey (1865-1942) and Edwin AtLee Barber (1851-1916) recognising 'this dark blue pottery' would offer a valuable contribution to the history of the nation.6 But Americans were also captivated by its beautiful rich blue colour; Oscar Wilde's (1854-1900) famous dictum 'Oh, would that I could live up to my blue china!' guaranteed its artistic credentials assigning Old Blue its place in the House Beautiful. Link to article.

Searching the Bibliography for Source Prints and Patterns

Picturesque Voyage to India; by the Way of China,Database Discoveries - Contribution #5, Transferware Collectors Club, August, 2012 by Michael Sack

Have fun with these searches and see if you can find new patterns to go with the books in our bibliography!
Picturesque Voyage to India; by the Way of China, by Thomas and William Daniell. Download.


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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Anderson & Garland
Teapot Sale
September 27, 2016
Anderson & Garland
The 197 lots are from the Philip Miller collection of teapots.
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Three Pook & Pook online auctions through Bidsquare, including a variety of transferware and other English pottery, e.g. Gaudy Welsh, Spatterware, Staffordshire figures. October 7, 2016. October 8, 2016 (only a few pieces). October 10, 2016.

Lawrences Auctioneers Sale of the Anthony Pugh-Thomas Collection

The October 13, 2016 Lawrences Auctioneers sale of the Anthony Pugh-Thomas Collection features an extensive offering of transferware and additional British Porcelain and Pottery. View the Auction Catalogue. Access the website.

Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
November 12, 2016


Americana & Fine Antiques
Featuring Virginia and the South

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

TCC Announces 2016 Richards Foundation Research Grant Awards

The TCC is pleased to announce the following 2016 recipients of research grants for the study of British transfer-printed ceramics:

Dick Henrywood, UK
Study Title: Transferware Recorder IV – Selected Patterns from Literature
Planned Project Completion Date: December 2017

Bob Houghhton, UK
Study Title: A Guide to Advertising Pot Lids
Planned Project Completion Date: Q1 2017

Bruce Pynn, Canada
Study Title: Canadian Transferware Advertising Pot Lids
Planned Project Completion Date: Fall 2017

Additional information.

2016 Annual Meeting Scholarship Winners
The TCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipients of scholarships for the 2016 Annual Meeting.

1. Stephanie Hallinan, Public Archaeology Program Coordinator, James Madison’s Montpelier, Orange, VA.

2. Carolyn Horlacher,Archaeological Laboratory Supervisor; AECOM, Burlington, New Jersey

3. Elizabeth Sweeny, Historic Preservation Technician, James Madison’s Montpelier, Orange, VA.

The goals of this new initiative were two-fold: to encourage attendance and enable young professionals to participate in the educational conference, and to engage new audiences by encouraging club membership among graduate students, archaeologists, preservationists, museum professionals, decorative arts scholars, researchers, and others new to the field of transferware ceramics.
More information.

TCC Member Michael Sack’s Collection on Display


Congratulations to Michael, whose noted collection of transfer printed Indian, Middle Eastern and Chinese themed patterns will be on display at the San Francisco International Airport, International Terminal. Michael will lecture on “Exotic Scenes on Transferware” October 2. More Information. View Examples from the Exhibit.

News of Dick Henrywood's Transferware Recorder
Dick has issued the 2nd Recorder News, “designed to keep everyone in touch with progress in publishing The Transferware Recorder".
August 2016

Recorder News 2

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What's Happening in British Ceramics

"What's Happening in British Ceramics"

New Article Pending

Spode frontgate

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


Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 13,000 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.XVII No. 1, 2016 -- has been updated as of August 2016. A rich resource! Read it here.

Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in September 2016 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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