Database of Patterns & Sources Count
17,597 patterns, 1,085 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
August eNews 2022
Dear Transferware Enthusiasts:
We're pleased to send you this edition of our eNewsletter to give you the latest club news informing you of up-coming club activities and interesting new content on our web site and our Facebook page. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and input; email the TCC Web Content Administrator
Save the Dates
Details will be announced soon.

October 15/16 TCC in San Francisco Bay Area, CA
October 22 at Old Deerfield, MA

Please make your own arrangements soon if you need overnight accommodations, as October is a busy season for tourism.
Save the Date

Sunday, October 30, 2022

This year’s virtual Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 30th and will feature two recorded lectures and a brief business meeting to update the membership on the status of the organization and vote on board members. Details to follow.
Remembering Connie Rogers
Connie Rogers was born on August 19, 1933, and died on July 19, 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is survived by her husband Don, three sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. For people outside of Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) and the International Willow Collectors Club (IWC), she is remembered for her love of the willow pattern and music. She was a talented violinist and a member of professional symphony orchestras in Trenton, New Jersey and Dayton, Ohio. She also performed in orchestras for oratorios and operas. Connie earned a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Colorado and M.A. from Trenton State College. She taught public school string classes and orchestra for thirteen years in Dayton, OH, and worked as a Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher for seventeen years in Cincinnati, retiring in June 2002.
Many TCC members may not have had the opportunity to meet Connie Rogers and they may not be aware of the significant contribution she made to the TCC, but if they have read our bulletins or used the database of patterns and sources, they will have benefitted from her enormous contribution. We have only to consider the list of her accomplishments for this club alone to realize its significance.

In 2004, when the club committed to developing a pattern database, it was determined that a general editor would be required. Among our membership, there was no one more qualified to answer that call than Connie. She had just finished her book and, on a visit to our home in October of the same year, she revealed that she was at a loss for something meaningful to do. I thought, “Carpe Diem”, our search for a database general editor was finished. Eighteen years later and a database with more than 17,000 patterns and over 1,000 source records, it is clear that the right choice was made. As database general editor, Connie personally reviewed, gave editorial advice, and approved the many thousands of pattern records that are available for members to use today. Those of us that served as database editors for selected categories quickly became very aware of the exacting nature of her edits and the solid guidance she would provide. As we began the initial work with our database developer, Connie took charge of designing the record format and establishing the high standards for data accuracy required of each pattern and its maker. She also personally recorded nearly 4,000 patterns. She authored and co-authored more than 25 articles for the bulletin, developed and maintained the bulletin index for more than 18 years, and lectured at the TCC annual meetings. She accomplished all of this while serving as an active member of the board of directors for many years. In 2016, in recognition for her contributions to the club, Connie was made an honorary life-time TCC member.
In 1986, twelve years before the TCC was formed, Connie and other collectors of the willow pattern in the US joined with The Willow Society, a Toronto-based collectors club, to hold the first Willow Convention in Connie’s hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1988, the group officially became the International Willow Collectors Club (IWC). Her accomplishments for the IWC were equally as significant as they were for the TCC. In early July of this year, although her health was failing, she was able to attend her 35th annual IWC convention where she was recognized for her contributions to the club of which she had already been given an honorary life-time membership. Making that trip from Cincinnati to the IWC convention in Oklahoma City was made possible with the assistance of her son Scot, daughter-in-law Nancee Rogers, and TCC friend Len Kling who all accompanied her to the event.
Through the years, Connie became known as the “Queen of Willow”, a title bestowed on her by Robert Copeland, great grandson of W.T. Copeland, Chairman for many years of the Copeland Spode factory in Stoke-on-Trent. Although Connie had known Robert for several years through their annual attendance at the Northern Ceramic Society’s Summer Seminars, it was Robert’s book Spode’s Willow and Other Patterns after the Chinese that brought them closer together as friends and colleagues. No doubt, the title of “Queen of Willow” was given to Connie by Robert following the publication in 2004 of her definitive book on the Willow Pattern titled The Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Willow Ware, still in circulation today. 

On a very personal note, with Connie’s knowledge of British ceramic factories and her keen interest in Chinoiserie designs, we became soul mates sharing, critiquing, and advising each other on our research and publications. I could always count on her to hold me to the facts and to ensure that my observations were well-researched and complete. On occasion, we co-authored articles about our favorite Chinoiserie patterns and makers. She will be profoundly missed by her family and many friends, and I will remember Connie every time I record a new pattern for the database or pen an article about our shared interest in Chinoiserie designs.

Loren Zeller, President Emeritus, Transferware Collectors Club
The TCC is pleased to announce this year's research grant recipients.

Jewell Lorenz Dunn, USA
Richard Henrywood, UK
Robert Houghton, UK
Anna Reeve, UK

Our current membership chair (Jo Anne Jones) has held this position for seven years. Currently there is no-one who backs up Jo Anne, if she is traveling or unable to perform her duties. Although this is not a complicated job, it requires someone with computer and organizational skills, as well as interaction with the TCC bookkeeper. It also requires tracking the TCC membership data and reporting to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis, and the TCC membership on an annual basis. In addition to keeping track of new and returning members via our membership program, the membership chair answers inquiries from members regarding TCC website login problems, or other member related issues. Although not complicated, it does take time to understand the membership program and become familiar with its capabilities. It would be helpful to identify someone willing to contribute to the TCC by supporting Jo Anne in this vital position. Please contact Jo Anne at if you would be willing to consider being her backup.
Looking for anyone with a passion for the beauty and history of transferware who would like to help record lovely old patterns for a worldwide audience. The Database of Patterns and Sources is maintained by a team of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. You could be one of them! We're currently looking for editors in Romantic patterns, Literature and Performing Arts, and Tiles, but let us know your interests and we can find a spot for you. Contact Len at for more information!
Over 500 newly listed items are offered by the Kurau Family - ongoing sale.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
“Flower with Dotted Roads” Tile Puzzle

A 6” x 6” transferware tile image is set on the diagonal, overlaid on a field of the same tile at a smaller scale. The potter was Sherwin & Cotton, in operation from 1877–1911 in Hanley, Staffordshire. "No. 111" is printed on the back of the tile.

This is a complex pattern with a basic square diamond shape dotted road in the center with round bump-outs. The round arrow-shapes at top and bottom are part of that square diamond and are each filled with a foliated scroll. A small yellow flower at the very center is surrounded on two sides with two urns with clinging vines. The “roads” (strapwork) are yellow-colored with dots so it can be seen that the center section is placed on top of the square diamond. More crossed “roadways” are produced when the group of 9 tiles is put together, as in the background here. The outer sections of foliated scrolls on dotted background form new light-colored large motifs that contrast with the dark pattern on a single tile. TCC Members can find the tile listed in the Database under pattern #18585. Go to the Puzzle.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."
Lecturers: Scott Hanson and Michael Sack
A Transferware Journey in India was presented by TCC president Scott Hanson and TCC vice-president Michael Sack during the TCC 2020 Annual Meeting. The presentation shows historic source prints and transferware pieces depicting sites and monuments in India and current photos of the same sites and monuments. Scott, Michael and 11 other transferware collectors toured the sites in India early in 2020 and share insights and stories about the journey while discussing the transferware and source prints. Watch Video
Sharing transferware tales at the California Regional Meeting in 2011. Details for the forthcoming regional meetings in the San Francisco Area and Deerfield, MA are forthcoming. See past Photos of the Month.
Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."

An uncommon polychrome (Prattware) advertising pot lid, inasmuch as the producer name is rarely printed with the pattern. Of particular interest is that the same pattern was used for four different hairdressers, all located on the same street in Manchester, England. Many hundreds of polychrome pot lids were produced in the mid and late 19th century, and are well documented in a series of references. More information.

Members only: See pattern #20517 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.
Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."

The Northern Ceramic Society exhibition at the Potteries Museum includes an amazing array of members’ pottery and porcelain, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The Summer School explores the themes. The exhibition closes on September 4, 2022. Summer School is August 24-27, 2022 at Chester University. More info.
Bulletin TCC 2022 Number 1 

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): “Northampton Mass” by Enoch Wood & Sons: A Design Source Discovery by Dan Sousa. Members, read the entire issue here.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue. A rich resource! Search Index.

Bulletin editor is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: 
The TCC Bulletin editor seeks submittals to future editions, particularly from first time or occasional authors. We have an extremely knowledgeable member base, yet many of our members seldom or never share their knowledge, at least in printed form. Now is your chance. Bulletin submittals do not need to be extremely technical or lengthy. They just need to be interesting and relate to British transferware! And they need to be accompanied by quality images. We would especially welcome articles from our growing number of archaeologist members.

Don’t fret if you have little experience. We will be pleased to work with you, to formulate your concept and bring your article along. Simply send us your ideas, if that is where you are, or text, even in preliminary form, if you are further along. Please submit in MS Word format, and separately, images in png, pdf or jpeg format. Please do NOT convert to PDF. Don’t worry if this is a problem for you; we’ll work with you to bring your article from preliminary to final, printed, stage, no matter your level of computer and word processes experience. 

Suggested topics: 
  1. Your favorite transferware piece, either your own or displayed elsewhere (why is it your favorite?, how did you acquire it?, what is the pattern, maker if known?). 
  2. What is your favorite place to view transferware: museum? stately home? Historic or archaeological site?
  3. Tell (and show) us your own collection (really good pictures required).
  4. New discoveries.
  5. Archaeological sites: overall summary of the excavation as relates to transferware; discuss a particular pattern or piece; context/importance of the transferware.
  6. In-depth research of a pattern, series, maker.

 Richard Halliday, TCC Bulletin Editor:
 David Hoexter:
Sunday, October 30, 2022

The next Worldwide Lecture Series will be in conjunction with the TCC Annual Meeting. This year’s virtual Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 30th and will feature two recorded lectures and a brief business meeting to update the membership on the status of the organization and vote on board members. Details to follow.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming lecture
with an emphasis on transferware.

Very little has been written about the commemorative ware of the Cambrian Pottery, Swansea; the most informative lecture and subsequent paper was by P.D.Pryce in 1972. His remit, however, was much larger as he covered the commemorative ware of the Cambrian Pottery, the Glamorgan Pottery, Swansea and the South Wales Pottery at Llanelly. In general terms it seems that public commemorative pieces produced by the Cambrian Pottery tended to be early in date whilst the private commemorative pieces are of a later date. Of course there are exceptions to this. Public commemorative pieces are of major political, social, and royal events whereas private commemorative pieces take into the private lives of ordinary members of society, who they were, and what they did. More information.

Founded in 1764, the Swansea (later to be renamed Cambrian) Pottery was in production for more than 100 years before closing in 1870. For the majority of this period, certainly the eighty years after 1790, printed wares were to be an important feature of the factory‟s output. Certainly after the production and decoration of Swansea porcelain had ceased in 1824/6, printed wares were the main, and at times, the only output of the firm. More information.
India on Transferware, by Michael Sack

Every known scene of India on transferware is included in one book, together with photos (where available) of both the patterns and the source prints from which they were derived. Each pattern and its source prints (sometimes there are as many as five) are shown side by side so that they can easily be compared. More information.

This 2015 Revised and Expanded Edition, written by an archaeologist, concerns the use of underglaze U. S. importers marks on Staffordshire pottery made during the American Antebellum Period (1820-1860). More information.
Scottish Pottery Society
Their members have a passion for Scottish ceramics and they study (mostly) the Industrial Potteries from 1750-1950 and share their work via talks, publications and online. Visit the site.

The Spode Society
The Spode Society was founded in 1986 to bring together collectors, museums and all lovers of Spode, Copeland and Garrett, Copeland and more recent Spode wares; to promote, share and study the history and products of the Spode factory, its workforce and the Spode and Copeland families. Visit the site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
A Membership List updated in March 2022 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.
Has Your Postal Mailing Address Changed?????

If you have moved but are not receiving your quarterly TCC Bulletin, you probably forgot to notify our member chair of your new address (this applies to email address changes also). The bulletin is mailed “bulk” and is not forwarded to new addresses by the USPS. Please notify the member chair directly:

We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members and auction houses. There is no charge for this member service. Following are the criteria:  
  • Limited to three quality images of item(s) for sale or example(s) of an item(s) you wish to purchase.
  • Include a very short description paragraph, including a link to your website and/or email address.
  • Dealers must be TCC members, limited to once/year maximum.
  • Requests will be processed in the order received, and there is no guarantee as to when your ad will be posted.
  • The TCC Web Administrator at his/her discretion has the right to reject inappropriate or inadequate submittals.


The Database Needs Editors 
Do you love a good mystery? Do you fancy yourself to be a Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple? If your answer is "yes", then you are the perfect candidate to join the ranks of TCC Database Detectives! Download more information.  

New Database Discoveries
Articles Needed 
Please contact the web administrator with suggestions or contributions of future Database Discoveries articles. See Database Discoveries archives

Contributions Needed for Bulletin  
Bulletin editor Richard Halliday is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin.

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