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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.
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
Seen is a 10 inch plate known as Fruit and Flowers. It was made by Thomas Mayer (1826-1838) around 1828. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
Database Discoveries Article #25
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.
“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
Spode 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.
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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
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--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.
by 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.
by 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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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".
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Brighton Museum (England) Willett Collection Endangered
TCC President Loren Zeller prepared a letter regarding the threatened Willett Collection commemorative pottery display at Brighton Museum, England. Pottery enthusiasts are encouraged to contact the Brighton & Hove City Council and urge the council to ensure that this most valuable collection remains on public view. More information and contacts. Additional information.
Auction of Creutzburg-Martin American Historical Dark Blue Transferware Collection
No current auctions. Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.
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.
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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.
The Spode Museum Trust and Friends of the Spode Museum Seek TCC Member Support
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.
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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.
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.