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December eNews 2023

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 2024. 

If you have already renewed, thank you.

As announced at the virtual Annual Meeting in October, dues for 2024 will increase by $5 for individual/family memberships and $10 for Business/Institutional memberships. The Board has held off on any dues increase for more than a decade as costs have increased for Bulletin printing and mailing, database and website maintenance, and other organizational expenses. This modest increase will help keep the TCC finances stable and allow us to continue fulfilling our mission “to educate and to serve as a forum for sharing information about British transfer-printed ceramics. The club is committed to supporting the interests of collectors, dealers, historians, scholars, archaeologists, and those who simply appreciate the beauty and technical proficiency of British transferware."

Benefits of Membership:

The TCC Bulletin

Access to the Database of over 18,000 patterns

Invitations to Meetings and Seminars

TCC Sponsored Videos and Articles Featuring Transferware

We had expected to have our new membership software program operational in time for 2024 renewals, but due to unexpected delays renewals will be done as in past years.


Please go online to,

Click on My Account, Login, and then go to

Add/Renew Membership to pay with PayPal. 

All International Members must renew through PayPal.


For a printable membership renewal form, go to the website,

Click on Join, and click on the Printable Membership Form.


Thank you for your prompt renewal.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members 5/24/23 - 11/24/23.

We are so glad you have joined the TCC.

Karen Nishioki, Virginia

Gloria McFadden, Virginia

Laurence Munnikhuysen, Virginia

Debra Moulden, Virginia

Kara deLoss, Oregon

Jean Howson, New Jersey

Ellen Arena, New Jersey

Tricia Dodsen, Alabama

Amy Hunt, Pennsylvania

Jaden Harris, New Zealand

Serials Librarian, UK

Samanth Eardley, Australia

Sheila Hillie, Illinois

Karen Smith, Maine

Maria Hicks, Texas

Laurel Segrist, Missouri

Kevin Hooper, Florida

John Chenoweth, Michigan

Nadine Sage, Colorado

Deborah Bingham, New York

Allison Luchs, Washington, DC

Kathryn Deeley, Georgia

Luke Dupuis, New Hampshire

Janet Lloyd, Florida

Harbour Mitchell, Maine

Chelsea Coates, Michigan

Blake Pierce, Michigan

Philip Nanney Williams, UK

Katherine Pedraza, Chile

Sandra Kuiters, Australia

Michael Escolme, UK

Janet Bounds, UK

Lydon Dickinson, UK

Jean MacKenzie, Scotland

Myriam Renaud, Canada

Laura Smeets, Netherlands

Wendy Dolling, Australia

Richard Hemery, UK


Planning is well underway for our first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019, to be held in Philadelphia April 25-28. Loren Zeller and Jaap Otte have been working on a wonderful program that will include a day trip to Winterthur, one of America’s most outstanding decorative arts collections. The meeting will feature a series of lectures exploring Philadelphia’s role in the import of British transferware in the 19th century and the important role of the Centennial Celebration of 1876 at Philadelphia in the introduction of the Aesthetic Movement to America, including on transferware. We are, of course, planning to have the traditional transferware sale and raffle! TCC vice-president Terry Majewski is working with an event planner on hotel and other venue details. An announcement with meeting details and registration information is pending.


We’re most pleased to learn that our member, Dr. Neil Ewins, ceramics trade specialist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, has been named an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Jingdezhen Ceramic University in China. Neil is also the Chair of the TCC Education Committee responsible for our Transferware Worldwide lecture program and he lectured to the TCC at our Providence, RI meeting. He is extensively published in Design History, emphasizing ceramic history in terms of market demand, trade, and distribution. More information.


We are deeply saddened to hear of the September 30, 2023 death of long-time TCC member Royce Walter, PhD. Royce was Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and taught for over 32 years. He brought so much to the TCC. His impromptu lecture at our fourth annual meeting in Staffordshire, England, was one of the highlights of the meeting. I'll never forget sitting next to him on numerous bus trips during our various meetings, and mining his deep knowledge of the history and sociology of the potteries in early 19th century England. Royce was also active in a number of other collector and service groups. We look forward to including a more personal remembrance of Royce in the January eNews.


TCC Bulletin Vol. XXIV No. 2

New issue is now available for members to download here. Free to all is a sample article: Opening Pandora’s Box: Identification and Attribution of the Greek Myth Series by Adrienne Trunk Boggs.

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: Dan Sousa: or David Hoexter:

2023 Vol. XXIV No. 2


Pook & Pook

December 6th, 2023

 This eclectic online only sale will include a wide range of items from Native American objects to Antique Toys, Fine art to Decorative Arts. Included in this varied assemblage is over fifty lots of Historical Blue Staffordshire. One of the finest pieces in the group is a lovely Historical Blue Staffordshire Arms of New Jersey platter in beautiful condition. Also sure to catch bidders attention are the six Historical Blue Staffordshire Lafayette at Franklin’s Tomb cups and saucers with lustre rims complete with an exquisite matching coffeepot. Saucers, plates, cups, gravy boats, platters, sugars, vegetables, and more will cross the virtual auction block. Bidding is available on Pook & Pook’s online bidding platform, PookLive (

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 

with an emphasis on transferware.


Wedgwood “December” Tile Puzzle

Happy Holidays from the Transferware Collectors Club!

Wedgwood 8” x 8” polychrome tile. This charming interior scene pictures a boy, a girl, mistletoe and a Christmas tree. The name of the month, “December,” is printed in the lower right-hand corner of the tile. The Months series was designed by Helen Miles, a designer, painter, and illustrator who created several series of tiles for Wedgwood in the 1870s. They were produced in 6” and 8” sizes, with identical centers and the addition of an outer border that is one inch wide. In this case it is a "Bell Flower" border in the Aesthetic style. A document in the Wedgwood archives records that the series of months was registered in March 1878. The pattern also appears on dinnerware. This is pattern 3455 in the TCC Database.

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month" and photo by Judie Siddall.


A Modern Take on Transfer Printing

Ceramic artist Forrest Middleton, of FLM Ceramics in Petaluma, CA, creates transfer-printed pottery using tissue transfers from silk screened “plates”, applied directly to the thrown or formed pot or tile. For more information, see the FLM website: See larger images. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."


A Chop House

Shown is a plate made by Herculaneum (1796-1840), ca. 1828-1830. It has a molded border. The pattern, “A Chop House," shows three men enjoying a meal at a chop house (men only). For TCC members, this is pattern #17521 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. The source print for this pattern is included in the entry. View larger image. See past Patterns of the Month.

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


Transferware at the End of the World: Archaeology of a 19th Century Shipping Cargo in the Cape Horn Route

Lecturer:  Dolores Elkin. Dr. Elkin is an archaeologist with Argentina's National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) based at the National Institute of Anthropology.

Description: Between 2016 and 2017 an archaeological rescue project was implemented after the accidental discovery on the coast of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina of what looked like a historic ship´s cargo. The assemblage was formed by a group of crates mainly containing 19th century English ceramics. Among the crates were transfer decorated pieces which allowed the first chronological and cultural assessment of the site. This lecture will provide a detailed illustration of the transferware items found and reveal various research strands related to the commercial exportation of British goods along the Cape Horn route.

Speaker Bio: Dolores Elkin graduated with a Doctoral degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1996. That same year, she created the first Underwater Archaeology Program in Argentina. The goal was to initiate research of underwater archaeological sites as well as to create public awareness of their significant cultural heritage.

A professor at both the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of the Central Province of Buenos Aires, Dr. Elkin has lectured on both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an experienced diver, she engages with the sport and professional diving community and fosters joint efforts to preserve Argentina’s submerged cultural heritage. Watch video.



PORCELLANE GINORI A DOCCIA: La stanza delle meraviglie di casa Colli

Ginori Porcelain in Doccia: The Porcelain Cabinet of casa Colli

By Alessandro Biancalana

Monday, 27 November 2023, 6- 8pm GMT

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Recorder News 44

This time with a predominantly blue issue. We can offer new discoveries, several new items, a new identification, a couple of unusual shapes, and an annoyingly unidentified retailer’s mark. Read this issue.


Inappropriate Children's Patterns by Judie Siddall

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! Read this article.

India for Transferware Collectors by Michael Sack

Author Michael Sack describes the 2020 tour by 13 transferware enthusiasts to India. The group visited a number of sites that were painted by British artists in the 18th and early 19th century and subsequently incorporated as views on transferware. Images of the pottery, source prints, and locations as they appear today are included. Read this article.


H&R Daniel Earthenwares, by John and Jeannette Simpson, with 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 and to differentiate them from other contemporary manufacturers such as Thomas Dimmock & Co, to whom they are frequently attributed.

 Read more.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of British Willow Ware, by Connie Rogers

The major part of the book is the catalog of over 400 manufacturers with marks, photos, reprints of ads from “The Pottery Gazette,” brief histories and type of willow made. This will be of great value not only to collectors of the Willow Pattern, but to all collectors, dealers and students of British ceramics. Get more information.


Transferware images of Latin America made by British factories (1850-1900): the case of Argentina

2014 Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program Recipient. 

Daniel Schavelzon, Ph.D., Buenos Aires, Argentina

Study Title: Transferware images of Latin America made by British factories (1850-1900): the case of Argentina

Study Abstract: To publish a paper and book of transferware images of Latin America specific to Argentina made by British factories. Research will include identification of patterns, makers, and source prints and will attempt to determine why the patterns were chosen. Download PDF.

All grant applications must be received by May 4 of the year the request is made. Learn more.


The Antique Pot Lid Collector

The Antique Pot Lid Collector was created by John Foumakis, a specialist collector who has a very broad knowledge in Antiques, Fine Arts and Collectables spanning over 50 years. Visit the site.

The British Antique Bottle Forum

This forum was established 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.


There are no new classified ads at the moment.

Please contact us if you are interested in placing a classified ad 

with an emphasis on transferware.


Please contact us if you have recommendations of

newly published transferware books.


A Membership List updated on April 12, 2023 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.



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!


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.


 Dan Sousa:

 David Hoexter:

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