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2016 Annual Meeting Special Scholarship

The TCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce a special scholarship for up to two graduate students or young professionals wishing to attend the TCC Annual Meeting in 2016! More information

2016 Annual Meeting Close Up

Landing of Lafayette at Castle Garden New York patternWe are excited to share with you this "Close Up" look at Days 1 and 2 of our Annual Meeting in Charlottesville October 23-26, 2016! TCC Member Nick Routson will kick off the meeting with a fascinating review of American Historical Staffordshire by sharing with us many extraordinary examples form his collection like the pieces printed with the Landing of Lafayette at Castle Garden New York pattern he used to set the table--Fit for Presidents. This Close Up also provides more details about our trip to Montpelier on Day 2 where we will enjoy a full day of programming at this historic site. Read all about it!


BULLETIN! TCC 2015 Number 4

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A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "Right on Target: a Transferware Discovery at President Madison’s Home" by Leslie Bouterie. Members, read the entire issue here.


Pattern of the Month

The Immortal William Shakespeare

Battle of Bunker Hill

April 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The mug dates from around 1820. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Database Discoveries Article #23

A Transferware Murder Mystery Episode 2 in a Transferware Detective’s Saga


Author Leslie Bouterie writes "Just as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot were never without baffling cases to solve, the work of a TCC Database detective is never done. Pattern identification mysteries abound, but rarely do they involve the investigation of foul play. Recently, I was performing my role as volunteer ceramics researcher in the Archaeology Lab at Montpelier, the historic home of President James Madison. The lab curator approached me with an urgent request, "Please help us to solve this 'murder'!" The staff archaeologists had recently unearthed a group of transferware plate sherds found in the swept yard area between the Southeast and Southwest duplexes, which served as houses for enslaved domestic workers. Clutched in the curator's hand was evidence of the dire deed in progress, identified as “Vessel # 1079” (Fig. above)". Read the article. See DBD archives.

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

Biblical Cities series Biblical Cities series
An uncommon series of views of the Middle East made by C.J. Mason & Co. of Lane Delph in Staffordshire. The Mason firm is, of course, best known for its brightly coloured ironstone wares, but they did produce some good printed wares too. An early example, when the firm was G.M. & C.J. Mason, is the Beaded Frame Mark series of British Views, covered in detail in Number Two of The Transferware Recorder, but when the firm became C.J. Mason & Co. several series were made, one with views of Cambridge Colleges (scheduled for Number Three of The Recorder), another with “British Lakes”, a third depicting “Napoleon’s Battles”, and a fourth with views of Biblical towns and cities. More information. Visit the Article Archives

Photo of the Month

Peter Olson Photo Ceramica Enjoy viewing the result of a different method of producing transfer-printed ceramics, utilized by artist Peter Olson (Peter Olson Photo Ceramica). For more information, visit Peter”s Web Site and Facebook site.
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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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!

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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 Books

An Historical Atlas of Staffordshire

An Historical Atlas of Staffordshire edited by A.D.M. Phillips and C.B. Phillips

The county's world-renowned industrial complexes based on ceramics and the metalware trades, products of the industrial revolution and before, sit alongside agricultural systems embracing both arable and grassland specialisms. More information.


H&R Daniel Earthenwares

H&R Daniel Earthenwaresby John and Jeannette Simpson, Brian Smith and Bryan Beardmore

This is the first book to attempt a comprehensive survey of the various shapes and patterns produced in earthenware by H&R Daniel. More information.

Featured Articles

The Earliest Known Example of Historical Blue Staffordshire

by Hayden Goldberg

This is one of four articles authored by transferware collector and researcher Hayden Goldberg and originally published in The Magazine ANTIQUES. This article appeared on pp. 178-­-182, July, 1981. Courtesy BMP Media Holdings, L.L.C. Each of the four articles is available for download at no cost to the reader. Reproduction courtesy of the Transferware Collectors Club. Download article.

Inappropriate Patterns for Children

Inappropriate Patterns for Children by Judie Siddall

Database Discoveries - Contribution # 8
Transferware Collectors Club December 2012

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! 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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Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc. June 18 to include many pieces of transferware. Catalogue will be posted week of June 18. More information.

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

Transferware Research Funding: it’s time to apply!

The TCC is pleased to welcome applications for the 2016 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program for the study of British Transferware. Launched in 2009, the Richards Research Grant Program is dedicated to supporting research focused on British transferware produced between 1750 and 1900. The Richards Foundation has increased its funding this year to $10,000. To date the program has funded seventeen projects. Recipients’ projects are published on our web site: Past Recipients

All grant applications must be received by May 4 of the year the request is made. Download Grant Application.

What's Happening in British Ceramics

"What's Happening in British Ceramics"

Of Eagles and Presidents
Reporting on the First of Two Sales of the Creutzburg & Martin Collection

I have a special place in my heart and in my life for Chet Creutzburg and David Martin who, in my early days of collect-ing American themed transferware, became friends and teachers. They, along with fellow collector Nick Routson, in-troduced me to Hayden Goldberg and Curtis Brown and explained their collection to me in some detail over dinners in Brooklyn. So when I learned they were preparing to pass on their collection to a new group of collectors, I had to be present for the sale.
Download the article.

Historic Eastfield Announces 2016 Dish Camp Speakers

MontpelierHistoric Eastfield Foundation has scheduled its 20th anniversary Dish Camp, and released a list of internationally acclaimed speakers. More Information.

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
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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. XVI No. 4, 2015 -- has been updated as of April 2016. A rich resource! Read it here.

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Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in March 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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