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December 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
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It’s that time of year again to renew your membership in the

Transferware Collector’s Club for 2023.


Benefits of Membership:

The TCC Bulletin

Access to the Database of over 17,000 patterns

Invitations to Meetings and Seminars

TCC Sponsored Videos and Articles Featuring Transferware

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When you renew your membership, please consider making a tax deductible donation to support our club’s educational mission. Your contributions ensure that member benefits like the Database of Patterns and Sources, the Bulletin, Annual Meetings, the Transferware Worldwide Lecture Series, and our many other online activities continue to provide the information and enjoyment you seek.

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Click here to begin the survey

If you have already completed the survey transmitted November 28, thank you. If not, this is just a friendly reminder to do so.

This survey is to help us plan an exciting in-person event in 2023.

Please complete this survey by December 4, 2022

Thank you,

Scott Hanson, TCC President, Terry Majewski, TCC Vice President


The TCC congratulates Jackie Overman as she steps down from her position as Administrator of the Richards Research Grant Program for Studies in British Transferware. Under her administration from 2008-2022, the club has provided grants to 36 applicants totaling $117,270 in support of transferware research. Thank you, Jackie, for your dedication and commitment!


Julieta Frere completed report

Julieta Frere, Argentina

Study Title: In the Wake of the Cape Horn Route: British Transferware in Southern South America

Abstract: To identify, analyze and catalog ceramic assemblages present in the southernmost tip of the Americas in the 19th century with the goal of contributing to a better understanding of the characteristics and significance of this type of British manufacture in the context of the growing importance of the relationship between Britain and South America.

Contributions to the field of transferware studies:  The research will add to understanding the global scale transferware can reach. The study of transferware patterns exported allows tracing the interconnection between ceramics and the wider historical processes, such as the integration of the nascent republics like Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego into specific consumption convention or growing economic and commercial independence. For members only: Download project pdfDownload Visual Catalog.


Upcoming Events 2023:

January 19thPoetically Posh: Richard Briggs’s Longfellow Jug and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the American Home

Speaker: Elizabeth Palms, Robert and Elizabeth Owens Curatorial Fellow, Winterthur Museum Garden and Library Get more info

April 20th: 19th Century English and Low Country Vessels Created by Makers Josiah Wedgwood, Enoch Wood, and Enslaved David Drake

Speaker: Scott Alves Barton, Faculty Fellow in Race and Resilience at Notre Dame

July 20th: The British Buzz: The Relevance of Beekeeping to 19th century British Ceramic Design

Speaker: Leslie Lambour Bouterie, Independent Scholar, Visiting Curator of Ceramics at James Madison’s Montpelier and Visiting Scholar for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Plan to join fellow ceramic enthusiasts for this informative lecture series. Specific details regarding access links to each Zoom lecture will be provided via email prior to each presentation date. Past lectures available for viewing on the TCC website to members only.


December 20, 2022

Bonhams Skinner Marlborough, MA

On December 20, 2022, Bonhams Skinner Marlborough, MA. will be offering the Flora Rabinovitch collection of Staffordshire blue printed wares. Some of you may recall visiting Flora’s collection during the 2012 annual meeting in Seattle. In addition, there will be subsequent sales including a number of other selections from her vast collection of over one thousand pieces. For additional information please contact Stuart Slavid at or 508-970-3278. Online auction catalogue pending. More Information.

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

Stoke-on-Trent City Archives is on the move!

The valuable Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, which holds the Minton and Spode Archives along with other important archival material about the local pottery industry is about to begin the rather sizeable task of moving to a new location.

Over the course of the next few months the City Archives will be gathering together its four stores of archive material, along with the local studies collections and the contents of the Reading Room itself, and relocating to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery which is adjacent to the library.

A dedicated microsite: has been created to inform interested parties in the Archive Service’s current status – which will include a handy timeline to show how the move should progress and what to expect over the next few months. The microsite will be accompanied by a blog which will feature behind-the-scenes snapshots of work along the way.


Happy Holidays from the Transferware Collectors Club!

We wish all our members and friends a joyous holiday season!!!

Go to the Puzzle.

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."


For members only, two recorded lectures from the Annual Meeting are available only until December 28th.

Title: Anti-Slavery Ceramics at Historic Deerfield

Lecturer: Dan Sousa

Description: This presentation is from the 2022 New England Regional TCC Meeting held at Historic Deerfield, MA, on October 22. It focuses on the use of transfer-printed ceramics as part of the Abolitionist movement in Great Britain and the United States during the 19thcentury.

Our speaker: Dan Sousa is Assistant Curator at Historic Deerfield and is a member of the TCC Board of Directors.

Link to video

Title: Early Transfer Printed Wares at Historic Deerfield, 1750-1800

Lecturer: Amanda Lange

Description: This presentation is from the 2022 New England Regional TCC Meeting held at Historic Deerfield, MA, on October 22. It focuses on early examples of transfer-printed ceramics in the collections of Historic Deerfield. 

Our speaker: Amanda E. Lange is Director of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Historic Interiors at Historic Deerfield.

Link to video


Gathering for presentations in Kent and Margie Williams’ garage in Newcastle, California, during the TCC Western Regional meeting in June, 2009, and a tiny fraction of Margie’s pink (Margie not in photo). See larger image. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the “Photo of the Month.”


Chinese Dragon

CJ & GM Mason (c.1813 - c.1830) plate of unknown size. It is impressed on the back with “Mason’s Patent Ironstone China.” View larger image and past Patterns of the Month and past Patterns of the Month..

Members only: See pattern #18559 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."


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!


Flourish – A Golden Age for Ceramics in Wales

"Llyfrau Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales Books, Cardiff (383)"

A chance to enjoy highlights of the world's largest collection of historic Welsh ceramics. 

The names Swansea, Llanelli and Nantgarw are world-renowned for their pottery and porcelain, and this is the first comprehensive exploration of their history in decades. Between the 1760s and 1920s, a small group of remarkable people were pouring passion, talent and money into producing world-class pottery and porcelain. We also celebrate, with stunning, detailed new photography, the remarkable skills of the artists who decorated the items as if painting on canvas.

With a foreword by renowned ceramicist Lowri Davies, who casts a contemporary eye over this historic collection.

National Museum Wales Books Store £19.99


2022 Vol. XXIII No. 2

The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available on the TCC website. The printed version has been mailed.

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): Pountneys, Bristol: A Case Study of Transfer Printed Earthenware in India, by Jaap Otte. Members, download/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: 

Richard Halliday or David Hoexter:


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:


Museum of Royal Worcester

December 14, 2022 6PM British time

A very Walpole Christmas: Worcester porcelain and the festive season at an 18th century villa

by Alyssa Myers

The Museum of Royal Worcester has invited TCC members to enjoy their Winter Online Talks presented by the knowledgeable speaker Design Historian Alyssa Myers and well-known antiques experts Paul Crane, John Sandon and Philip Serrell to explore themes and highlights from the Museum’s collections and special examples of Worcester from national and private collections. These talks are offered free of charge but donations are welcome. The first takes place 14 December – Alyssa Myers on ‘A very Walpole Christmas: Worcester porcelain and the festive season at an 18th century villa’

TCC members can register for any or all of these talks by clicking on this link:

TCC members are also invited to enjoy the talks from last Winter’s series and other video content on the Museum’s youtube channel.

English Ceramic Circle

December 15, 2022 6PM British time

Wedgwood and Liverpool

by Gaye Blake-Roberts

Save the date.

Go to the ECC website for more information.


#6 - What’s in a Word: Vocabulary Discoveries from Transfer-Printed Advertising Ware by David Hoexter

It's amazing what one can learn from transferware and the examples included in our Database. English 19th century advertising product containers and other ware contain a wealth of vocabulary or word usage which I have never heard before. Often related to medicinal products, these words offer the 21st century observer a chance to impress friends, business associates, doctors (not surprisingly, many of the words are medical in origin), and others in our everyday life. Read this article.

Where do Patterns come from? or Who decided Delaware looked like this? by Pat Halfpenny

The plates were presented to the museum in the town of Hanley in1904 by Ralph Hordley. It is admittedly a random assortment of printed pottery but it isn’t what is on the front, but what is on the back of many of them, that provides some insight into the subject. Some of the plates have nothing but the accession number on the reverse, but in a number of cases, there is an additional paper label with more information. It is likely that they all had such a label at one time but it’s not surprising that some of them became detached given the extensive packing, unpacking and movement of the collections during two world wars and their housing in three different museum buildings; perhaps the labels had even disappeared before the 1904 gift. Read this article.


Canadian Advertising Pot Lids, by Bruce Penn

Advertising pot lids can be found from many countries particularly English speaking nations and are collected by a dedicated group of enthusiasts across the world. 2016 The Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program. More info.

CHINOISERIE: Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style 1750-1900, by Richard Halliday and Loren Zeller

It is a hardcover, 416-page book, 270 x 210 mm (10.6 x 8.27 in), with over 1450 color images. Published by Gomer Press, South Wales. Generous support from the TCC Richards Foundation Research Grant Program helped to make this book possible. More info.


Asiatic Pheasants

You have arrived at the recognised point of enquiry for everything and anything about Asiatic Pheasants. With your help and information the available data will grow, remaining questions will be answered and the usefulness of this site will increase.Visit the site.

British Antique Bottle Forum

The British Antique Bottle Forum has been established since 2007 & has been a friendly community for the hobby of digging, buying, swapping & collecting antique bottles, pots & related items. Since then they have teamed up with the Australian Antique Bottle Forum & become "Sister" forums working together to support & publicize the hobby. They hold quarterly competitions for members to enter, galleries for members to show off their collections, historical articles related to bottles & companies plus much more. Visit the site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.


A Membership List updated in September 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.  

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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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