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January eNews 2024

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.

  1. Please go online to,
  2. Click on My Account, Login, and then go to
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  • 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.

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


Thank you for your prompt renewal.


Thank you to past contributors to the TCC Bulletin. The editorial team recently compiled "Guidelines for Authors," for those interested in writing articles for future editions. We recognize that every author has his/her style preferences. However, for the TCC Bulletin to maintain consistency in the presentation of articles, we kindly ask authors to follow these new guidelines. Download the Guidelines.

We look forward to new submissions! Please address questions to Dan Sousa, Interim Bulletin Editor, or co-editors David Hoexter and Michael Sack. 

Dan Sousa, Interim TCC Bulletin Editor

David Hoexter, Co-Editor

Michael Sack, Co-Editor


We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members 11/25/23 - 12/30/23.

We are so glad you have joined the TCC.

Bianca Newman, Australia

Nada Shraibati, California

Alison Carter, UK

Kendra Stevens, Minnesota

Shana Voris, Missouri

Frank Lenz, Massachusetts

Miranda Kinrade, Australia

Annie Oesterie, Ohio

Anne Claire Anderson, UK

Laura Maguire, Georgia


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.


Memories of Dr. Royce Walters

By David Gestler

Dr. Royce Walters was an extremely intelligent English History Professor with an amazing memory of England’s past, and of course, Transferware potteries. When I, and my wife Eleanor, met Royce, he was a Professor Emeritus teaching English History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His career ran for more than 32 Years. Continue reading.


TCC Bulletin Vol. XXIV No. 2

Our apologies for the delay in mailing of the final 2023 bulletin. As previously announced, all past bulletins are available to members for download, and the current edition has been available for some weeks. Unfortunately, printing and mailing delays occurred this time around. However, this 28 page edition (our lengthiest ever) has now been printed and delivered to the post office (U.S. Domestic non-profit bulk), and International mailings should occur within a few days (first class / air). Thanks to our members for your patience.

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.

The Bulletin editors are seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: Dan Sousa: or David Hoexter:

Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) Bulletin writers guidelines: Download writers guidelines

2023 Vol. XXIV No. 2


Historical Guide to Advertising Pot Lids, Update Including a Guide to Beauty Pots by R.J. Houghton, J. Layden, P Taylor

This recent publication is more an extensive supplement, than an update, providing over 480 new advertising examples and a new section on beauty pots to supplement the 8,000 plus images and detailed backgrounds of over 600 companies which were featured in the original publication. It is a “must” purchase for anyone who possesses the original volume. Purchase arrangements can be made with either Bob Houghton or Jim Layden

The publication printing was supported by the TCC Paul and Gladys Richards Research Grant Program for Studies in British Transferware. More information.


Gallatown & Fife Potteries, Kirkcaldy, Scotland; History and Wares

2023 Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program Recipient. 

George Haggarty, UK (2023)

Study Title: “Gallatown & Fife Potteries, Kirkcaldy, Scotland; History and Wares” Download PDF.

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


T. & R. Boote Four Seasons Tile Puzzle

To welcome the New Year, this month’s puzzle is one of T & R Boote’s “Fours Seasons” 6” x 6” tiles. The pottery, which operated in Burslem, Staffordshire, from 1842 until 1906, produced many different tile designs based on the four-seasons theme. This design, produced in 1875, was part of a series using the same surround figures with different centers showing fruits and birds. All the tiles in the series have the same four seasons images, printed in brown. The centers found to date have mostly been black printed as seen here. This variation has a kingfisher swooping down in a dramatic pose. The border is very narrow and filled with repeated lines close together. It is Four Season #03, Pattern Number 18871, in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Two other variations are included in the database as well.

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.


Tempus Fugit

Use it Wisely. Words to the wise from William Pyke, Diamond Merchant and Goldsmith in Birkenhead, England. This merchant plate, a complimentary gift to customers, dates 1891-1905. TCC members can learn how we dated the plate by viewing Entry 15552 in the Database of Patterns and Sources. Also shown is the Pyke Grange Road shop. See larger images. See past Photos of the Month.

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


Rabbits in a Roadster

Shown is 9.25 inch plate with a pattern known as Rabbits in a Roadster. It is from a series of six different anthropomorphic scenes of rabbits engaged in various activities. All of the patterns in this series have transferware rabbits along with stick sponge decoration. For members, this is pattern #17852 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. The maker of the pattern has been unknown until recently. Information about the maker of this pattern and series will be incorporated in a future article in the TCC Bulletin. View larger image. See past Patterns of the Month.

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


From Rehe, China to Staffordshire, England; The Voyage of a Chinese Image

Lecturer:  Ron Fuchs, Senior Curator, Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Description: The “India Temple” pattern made by John and William Ridgway of Staffordshire depicts a temple at the Chinese imperial summer palace, Bishu Shanzhuang, or the Mountain Estate for Escaping the Heat. Reflecting the globalized world of the eighteenth century, the design is based on an illustration in The Emperor of China’s Palace at Pekin, published in London in 1753. It copied an engraving done in 1714 by the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ripa, who introduced Western-style copper-plate printing to China. It was based on a woodblock print by the Chinese engravers Zhu Gui and Mei Yufeng, who copied a preparatory drawing or painting done by the court painter Shen Yu around 1712. 

Speaker bio: Ron Fuchs is the Senior Curator of the Reeves Museum of Ceramics at Washington and Lee University, where he has worked for the last 13 years.He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. He worked at Winterthur for ten years prior to moving to the Reeves. He is past president and chair of the American Ceramic Circle, and a member of the TCC. Watch video.


Connecticut Ceramic Circle

January 8, 2024

  “Ceramics from the Vanished Byzantine Empire,” 

by Eunice Maguire, Scholar and Archeologist, Worcestershire, England

More information.

TCC Transferware Worldwide Lecture Series

January 18, 2024, Thursday, 1PM EST

The Morse Collection of Historical ‘Old Blue’ Staffordshire

at the American Antiquarian Society

by Dr Anne Anderson FSA, Hon. Associate Professor Exeter University

Our Speaker: From 1993-2007, Professor Anne Anderson was a senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree course at Southampton Solent University, where she specialized in the Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism.

She has lectured internationally, and widely, for The Arts Society, the National Trust, the Art Fund, the V&A Learning Academy, and at Christie’s. Anne published, The Cube Teapot! in 1999, and The Romance of Old Blue: collecting and displaying Old Blue Staffordshire China in the American Home c.1870-1930’, in Interpreting Ceramics, Issue 15, 2013. In addition, Anne has catalogued and written a guide to the ceramics at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, published in 2022.

Anne has also curated four national exhibitions, most recently, Beyond the Brotherhood The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy in 2020. She has received Research Fellowships at the Huntington Library, California, Winterthur Library and Museum, Delaware, and the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts. It was her grant of 2015, which enabled her to research the basis of her lecture today entitled,‘The Morse Collection of Historical ‘Old Blue’ Staffordshire at the American Antiquarian Society’.


Meeting ID: 899 0796 5563

To find the correct time in your area, use this site:

San Francisco Ceramic Circle


Jan 21, 2024 11:00 AM Pacific Time

 Wedgewood’s Fairyland Lustre

given by Stuart Slavid, Bonhams Skinner

Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Recorder News 45

We have several jugs in this issue, but have tried to balance them out with three platters, one with a new source print, an unusual shape, and an early example of multicolour printing. Read this issue.


#15 - Mozart, The Magic Flute, The Masons, And America by Judie Siddall

I decided to look for Masonic patterns in the TCC Pattern and Source Print Database in the hopes of learning more about the Masons. I remembered that I had entered a Masonic pattern in the Children's Subjects Category of the Database (left). It features a maxim by Benjamin Franklin (remember that he was a Mason) and a large compass (the Masons began as a Medieval Stonemason's guild and a compass was one of their symbols). Read the article.

Museums and Places of Interest With Displays and Collections of Transfer Printed Pottery by David Hoexter

Not all locations have been vetted. In an attempt to be as complete as possible, we have included some locations which house extensive English, Welsh or Scottish pottery collections which may only include minimal transferware examples. These locations are specified in the brief discussion following each individual listing. Some locations with extensive collections of related pottery (e.g. Gaudy Welsh, Gaudy Dutch, Lustre, Ironstone, Staffordshire figures, etc) are included, recognizing that many transferware collectors have parallel interests. Read the article.


Pickle Dishes & Milseys by Richard Halliday

In this excellent 204-page publication, Richard Halliday documents the outstanding and one-of-a-kind collection of the late Robin Greeves and provides an interesting social and historical perspective for these two often misunderstood forms of transfer-printed Staffordshire pottery. Richard's study includes a discussion of the role of "pickles" on 18th and 19th century English tables, a review of how pickle dishes and milseys were used, and a comprehensive and well-organized catalog of patterns and shapes. More information.

A Potted History, Henry Willett's  Ceramic Chronicle of Britain by Stella Beddoe

Assembled between 1860 and 1900, the Willett Collection of Pottery and Porcelain is unique in being the only collection in public ownership (Brighton & Hove Museums, UK) to illustrate what Henry Willett called ‘popular British history’, through the medium of ceramics. It is of enormous importance for its innovative approach to collecting, for the outstanding quality of many of its individual pieces and for the fact that it is intact over 100 years after it was formed. Read more.


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

Ceramics reflect every facet of human civilization throughout time and around the world. Membership in their group offers a broad range of inquiry in company with inquisitive and knowledgeable people. Visit the site.

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


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.


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. Download the Guidelines.

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.


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