Database of Patterns & Sources Count
17,437 patterns, 1,081 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
May 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
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: 

American Historical Transferware Collection of Nick Routson
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates

June 24, 2022
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates will present part three of the American historical transferware collection of Nick Routson, Phoenix, AZ on June 24 at their gallery in Mt. Crawford, VA. The third installment of this comprehensive collection features many rare forms and patterns including the State Arms platters for Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and a large Four Medallion jug depicting Erie Canal views. The complete catalogue will be posted around June 10. Bidding is available in house, by absentee and telephone, as well as live bidding through several internet sites. Visit their website for more information. Call 540.434.3939 or email Visit Jeffrey S. Evans and Associate
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
American Historical Staffordshire

In the early 19th century, the young United States of America grew in population. Agriculture and maritime trade, rather than manufacturing, were the mainstay of the economy. Proud of their independence and eager to display visible symbols to express their national pride, Americans imported ceramics decorated with images that were tangible tokens of their patriotism. It was in this climate that Staffordshire potters found a niche market for transferware decorated with American themes. This grouping from the Routson Collection is of primarily American theme pieces and was seen during the 2017 TCC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

The TCC hosts the website “Patriotic America, Blue Printed Pottery Celebrating a New Nation” where you can learn much more about this highly collectible category of transferware: See past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."
Women of Spode and the Indian Tree Pattern
Our primary image depicts a sampling of the women who have worked at Spode Works over the years. Note the image at the upper left, which depicts a painter at work, perhaps in the 1940s (????). Now focus on the plate, which is Spode’s “Indian Tree” pattern. According to the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, this pattern was produced from 1877 through at least 1957. Finally, we draw your attention to the second and third photos, which date from November 2021. This Indian Tree dinner service (only a small portion is shown) was the 1947 wedding set of Mary and Henry Hoexter, in San Francisco, California, and is still in use (although not on a daily basis) and loved to this day. More photos. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Center Facebook page and Judie Siddall / David Hoexter for the images.
Arabian Sketches

Shown is a 15 inch platter from the “Arabian Sketches” series. Each pattern in the series is individually named. This pattern is “The Alarm.” It was made by William Hackwood (1827-1843). More information.

Members only: See pattern #16333 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.
Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
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:
Upcoming Lecture

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 1PM
Two Worlds in One Shipwreck Lecturer: Wytze Stellingwerf, Archaeologist and Specialist of Late and Post-Medieval Material Culture, Archeologie West-Friesland More info.

Past Lectures
All of our past lectures, dating back to September 2020, have been recorded and are available to current TCC members on the TCC website. Member login required. TCC website.
Members have reported that the TCC Database of Prints and Sources responds slowly when accessed with Apple’s Safari browser. Our technical expert informs us that this is due to some rather complicated reasons which Apple is supposedly fixing in the “near” future. In, the meantime, we encourage you to use one of the other common browsers for considerably faster results.
No lectures listed from other clubs at this time.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming lecture
with an emphasis on transferware.

Consider the case, of the Orphan Transferware Pattern. We have all seen them, languishing around the fringes of transferware society, without name or origin. If they are particularly lovely or interesting in some way they may still be taken into our homes, but most of the time we can find out nothing about them. Read article.

Pam writes: I have a fondness for botanical illustration and a passion for pots. It is these personal interests together with my role as Curator at the Spode museum which led to me noticing the elements of this story. It is a tale of discovery - an unexpected connection between a Staffordshire pottery and a Staffordshire plantsman. Read article.

Antique transferware collector Scott T. Hanson shares his process for removing grime and under-glaze stains from historic Staffordshire transferware dishes. Using close-up photographs and clear text, the process is illustrated and described using two examples. More information.
Jugs, by R. K. Henrywood

Before the days of modern packaging the only vessel available for fetching, storing or serving liquids was the simple jug. Jugs were the staple product of many pottery firms and, since most households would need several, the potential market was vast and there was great competition among the manufacturers. More information.
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. He specialises in muti-coloured printed pots and lids commonly referred to as Pratt types.  

The site was conceived because of the very absence of information pertaining to the collecting of Antique Pot Lids. This form of container represented one of the pinnacle product marketing components throughout the 19th Century and up to the Edwardian period. Many of the decorative styles and their design, can be traced throughout this period and creates a unique insight or window if you like, into the social and environmental lifestyle of the populous worldwide. 

John is not only a collector but can assist you in making an informed decision whether you decide to sell or purchase an item. Visit the site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
Stoke on Trent Archives Research Service

The Stoke on Trent Archives Research Service provides access in person or by email to its extensive archives of materials from the Spode Factory. The Spode factory archives include manuscripts, books and papers dating from the mid-1700s to 2008. About 75,000 patterns produced by the factory from about 1800 to the late 1990s are included in the pattern books. Thanks to Pam Woolliscroft for this information, gleaned from her excellent site Spode History, 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.
A Special Thank You to all TCC Donors!
Every year, many TCC members choose to make a tax-deductible donation to our club. These donations are used to support our many educational activities which include the Bulletin, the Pattern & Source Print Database, and Research Grants, among others. The 2021 list of donors is pending, and in the meantime, we are presenting the 2020 list. View here.
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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