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17,808 patterns, 1,106 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.

January 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 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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2023 Research Grant Proposals now being accepted

All grant applications must be received by May 4.

Launched in 2009, the Richards Research Grant Program is dedicated to supporting research focused on British transferware produced between 1750 and 1900. Annual funding for this program remains at $10,000. A summary of winning proposals from previous years is available hereDownload application.

For More Information, Contact: Dan Sousa, Grant Administrator:


Upcoming Events 2023:

January 19th, 1 PM Eastern USA Time: Poetically 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.

 Irving and Davida Shipkowitz (1934-2021)

We are saddened to learn of the deaths of both Irving and Davida Shipkowitz, devoted long-time TCC members and children’s alphabet plate collectors, researchers, and authors. We thank their daughters, Jill, Sandra, Vicki, and Amy for preparing a lovely tribute to their parents. Read here.

 Rita Cohen

We are saddened to learn of the passing of long-time TCC member Rita Cohen. Rita attended many of our annual meetings and will be missed. Our condolences to her husband, Arnold. Watch video: Willow china video featuring Martha Stewart with TCC member Rita Cohen.


Special Offer All Four Volumes of the Transferware Recorder 

(Dick Henrywood, Author).

Available for a limited time period, all four TW Recorder volumes at a special discount. 

More Information.


Looking for A.J. Wilkinson “York” Pattern

If anyone has the tea pot in this pattern, please post to the TCC Message Board responding to the December 4, 2022 post. Messageboard link.


Museum of Royal Worcester showstopper piece with accompanying short film giving insights. Worcester porcelain’s King George III Mug is one of the earliest examples of transfer-printing. Watch video.


There are no auctions at this time.

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

with an emphasis on transferware.



It is one of a pair of patterns which celebrate winter holidays by W. T. Copeland (& Sons), who were in business from 1847 to 1970 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The mark bears the maker’s initials as intertwined C’s. The diamond registry mark dates the pattern to September 7, 1857.

The central pattern of a mistletoe sprig entwined with a ribbon is identical to another with the exception of the wording on the ribbon, which reads “A Merry Christmas to You” on the other. The two share the same elaborate border design in different colorations. The complex combination of foliage elements reflects Victorian-era aesthetics for holiday décor.

For members, this is pattern # 13794 in the TCC database, and the Christmas version is pattern # 13691.

Go to the Puzzle.

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

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



Description: A Visit to Dennis & Dad Antiques was presented by TCC president Scott Hanson at the TCC 2021 Annual Meeting. 

The TCC Annual Meeting has always included a transferware sale, with a number of dealer members offering a wide range of items for attendees to purchase. It was not practical to hold a sale with the online virtual Annual Meeting, but we did have a video taped conversation with Dennis about his 50+ years as an antique dealer specializing in transferware. We got a look at the astounding variety of transferware pieces in their stock and also saw the Berard’s personal collection of 500 transferware children’s cups. Link to video.



Image courtesy of Potteries of Stoke On Trent Facebook page. See past Photos of the Month.

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



Shown are a group of tiles made by Josiah Wedgwood that depict the months of the year. The patterns are also found on plates. You can find out more about each tile by searching Months plus the maker, Josiah Wedgwood. View larger image and past Patterns of the Month.

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

Call for papers, Two-Day Wedgwood Symposium

A two-day symposium on new research avenues for Wedgwood studies will be held June 30 and July 1, 2023, in London and Barlaston, England. Deadline for submission of papers is February 15, 2023. Download information. Go to V&A website.


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!


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:


Bristol Museum

Digging for Delftware, an international symposium

February 27-28, 2023

Comprising over 2000 pieces, Bristol Museum has one of the largest and most important collections of delftware in the UK. For over 100 years, Bristol was a leading manufacturer of delftware, producing objects that were exported across the globe.

Bristol Museum has been working for two years on a project funded by Arts Council England to research and re-display its collection of English delftware. 

In celebration of the project, this two-day symposium will bring together specialists from around the world. They will share insights into delftware from Bristol and beyond and explore the latest international research in the field of delftware studies. 


We will be joined by an array of experts including Karin Walton, Matthew Winterbottom, Ian Betts, Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Peter Francis, Femke Diercks, Roger Massey, David Dawson, Dr Oliver Kent and Amanda Lange. 

Book tickets online.


Wood’s Italian Scenery Database Discoveries – Contribution # 3 Transferware Collectors Club by Len Kling

Very little is known today about the life of early 19th century artist Elizabeth Frances Batty. She was the sister of Captain Robert Batty, a member of the Grenadier Guards whose military career was ended by wounds received at the Battle of Waterloo, and who was also an artist. Although like her brother Elizabeth was a member of the Royal Academy, she was not as prolific, her own career doubtlessly curtailed by marriage (to Philip Martineau) and motherhood. Robert's drawings were the basis for a number of illustrated travel books, French Scenery, German Scenery, Welsh Scenery, and others; published in the 1820s and 1830s; however Elizabeth's principal claim to fame came first, and it could be reasonably assumed that his similarly named works were an effort by his publishers to continue her success. Read the article.

Yellow Transfer Printed Brown Ware, Database Discoveries – Contribution #1 Transferware Collectors Club by Connie Rogers

Yellow Transfer Printed Brown Ware – referred to here as YPB – is a type of transferware that has only recently been added to the TCC Database. Some collectors of transferware may not be aware of this type of transfer decoration as it is not commonly found. Over the years, I have noted a number of patterns that appeared to be Chinoiserie, or pseudo-Chinese scenes with figures, pagodas, junks, and various floral designs printed in yellow on brown jugs, bowls and plates. However, these pieces were not marked, and the patterns seemed to be generic patterns not exactly matching known blue printed transferware patterns. Collectors of willow and other Chinoiserie patterns seem to be the people most drawn to the wares. Figures 1 and 2 are two sides of a jug with such a pattern. I hadn't seen any example of that pattern printed in under glaze blue. Read Article.


Spode Greek by Nicholas Moore

The author has been collecting Spode transfer printed pottery for over thirty years and during that period, developed a major interest in Spode’s Greek patterns. The book is fully illustrated with over two hundred and fifty full-colour illustrations along with nearly fifty black and white source print images. Not only does the book cover the whole pottery side of the Greek pattern, it also majors on the diverse and rich history behind these patterns which goes back nearly 2500 years. The book is laid out to show each pattern alongside the relevant source material and/or any corresponding elements from the Spode manufacturing process. More info.

Spode & Copeland: Over Two Hundred Years of Fine China and Porcelain by Steven Smith

Over 440 vivid color images display the wide range of ceramics produced by the English pottery firm, established by Josiah Spode in the 1760s and continuing today. From historic blue and white transfer printed wares of the early 1800s to popular dinnerware patterns of the 1900s, this book includes sprig decorated wares, delicate bone china table and tea sets, graceful figurines, and sturdy stoneware candlesticks and loving cups. More info.


The Caughley Society

The Caughley Society was formed in 1999. Its aims are to educate the public in the subject of Caughley porcelains, to promote research and study in all matters relating to Caughley porcelain and to disseminate the useful knowledge gained for the public benefit. Visit the site.

Connecticut Ceramics Circle

The Connecticut Ceramics Circle, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, comprises members from the Metropolitan tri-state region. It is the only organization of its kind in the area and includes art historians, curators, appraisers, private collectors, dealers, both amateur and professional ceramicists, and art lovers. 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.  

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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