December 2019
Dear TCC eNews Readers: We're pleased to send you the latest edition of our monthly e-newsletter 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; please send to: TCC Web Content Administrator a minimum of 10 days before the first Saturday of the month. 
There's More Below
We place new or important TCC announcements, transferware news, and events listings at the top, but there is a world of value to the middle and bottom of our eNews. We rotate new entries every month to our regular features, including Featured Books, Featured Articles, and Information Websites and Blogs. So, please, page down and sample our monthly offerings.
2020 Membership Renewal  
Membership renewals for 2020 were recently mailed. Have you renewed your membership for 2020 yet? If you have, thank you! If not, there is still time to renew before your membership expires on December 31. Renewal before the start of the new year means your access to the TCC Pattern and Sources Database and other member benefits will continue uninterrupted. Please consider renewing online and using PayPal. This saves our member chair a lot of time. Access a printable renewal form or directly renew online.

Consider a donation to the TCC! Donations support our education programs.

Also, please consider a Gift Membership and share the benefits of TCC membership with a friend or loved one. More information.

Contribution of the Month 

Smoke and the Clean Air Act 1956.

Images and text provided by Terry Woolliscroft October 2019.

"This occasioned such immense and constant volumes of smoke, as literally to envelope the whole neighbourhood: and it was not infrequent for passengers to mistake their way, and run against each other, during the continuance of this process. The scene which presented itself upon these occasions, has been not inaptly compared to the emissions from Etna and Vesuvius..." from: A Topographical History of Staffordshire: Including Its Agriculture, Mines ... By William Pitt 1817. Learn More

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Please submit your favorite transferware related photo (excluding images of actual pottery pieces) to the TCC Web Administrator: 

Volunteers Needed for 2020 Meeting
Planning is underway for the 2020 TCC Annual Meeting and Leslie Bouterie has generously offered to lead the effort again as Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. Organizing the meeting involves too many tasks for one or two people to handle and additional volunteers are essential for the meeting to take place.   
Volunteers are needed to be responsible for Logistics, Programming, Promotion, Administration, the Transferware Sale, and the Raffle. Several people expressed interest during the recent meeting in Birmingham, but several more are needed. If you have interest in learning more about the available positions, please contact TCC president Scott Hanson at Thank you!
Last Chance to Purchase TCC Mugs
Only 15 of the beautiful TCC 20th Anniversary mugs remain. This may be your last chance to obtain one, or more. Cost is $20 each (which includes shipping and a slight profit to the TCC). Checks only, payable to the Transferware Collectors Club. Contact Frank Davenport at to reserve your mug(s) and to obtain address for mailing payment.  
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Classified Advertisements  
WANTED - In search of "Sydenham" pattern by Joseph Clementson, preferably in blue but other colors considered. The pattern dates to circa 1852 to 1864 and may have also been manufactured by his successor, Clementson Brothers. "Sydenham" is commonly also is marked "Davenport Bros" (two different styles), an importer in New York. Many of the various pieces exhibit different central designs resembling Greek/Roman statues. Smaller, unmarked pieces can be identified by the rim pattern, particularly the marley design of a repeating diamond with downward extending line. Please contact Tim at   
Pattern of the Month
Akbar's Tomb Secundra

Shown is an 18.5 by 15 inch platter, Akbar's Tomb Secundra, made by Chamberlain (s) (& Co.) 1786-1852. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
For TCC members only, this is pattern #14712. Visit the database to see similar patterns, Pattern and Source Print Database
Tile Display of the Month - Examples from the TCC Database
Moorish Style     

Moorish Style, Pattern #18897. Josiah Wedgwood 1759-2005, Burslem, Etruria & Barlaston, Staffordshire The tile is 6 inches and reflects the type of tile design production in the last quarter of the 19th century. The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name. Black printed.

The pattern on this tile reflects the spirit of the season with exploding stars in the center and four corners as well as the partial snowflakes seen on each side. We see here a group of 9 tiles laid together horizontally. Also a 5 x 5 diagonal display. In a group, the partial motifs in the corners create a duplicate of the center pattern. The half flowers at the sides are completed and appear as snowflakes. More information.
TCC Annual Meeting: Birmingham, AL  - October 17-20, 2019 
Another marvelous meeting has come and gone. Watch for our meeting summary and announcement of the 2020 meeting in a future eNews. 
Bulletin  TCC 2019 Number 2

Read the issue's featured article A Chinese of Rank and a Marked Example. Members, read the entire issue here.
Auction Watch  

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.

Henrywood's Highlights an Ongoing Series 
Highlight Number Thirty-Seven  
Everard, Colclough & Townsend  
The little-known and short-lived firm of Everard, Colclough & Townsend worked in Longton, probably from about 1840 through to the end of June 1845. At the time of writing, the TCC database has no records of any wares from the factory - possibly they had little trade with America - but they certainly made some distinctive transferware jugs. More information. Visit the Article Archives.
Please Help with the Following
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. Contact Richard, at
Classified Advertisements  

Sold Through Website Classified Advertisement
We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members.  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.

To view examples:


Featured Books
The Italian Pattern: The story of an iconic 19th century transferware design
by Richard Halliday
TCC member Richard Halliday, sponsored by the Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation and Transferware Collectors Club, has exhaustively documented the history and presentation of this pattern on transfer printed pottery. Halliday has catalogued the extensive collection of Andrew and Adrienne Richards (no relation to the Richards Foundation), but has gone way beyond mere cataloguing and presentation of images. His work encompasses the introduction of Spode's famous Italian pattern. Link to the book.
Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900
by R.K. Henrywood 
This is the most comprehensive list of Staffordshire potters ever published and includes much information unavailable in existing literature. This area produced some ninety percent of the pots made in England and is of prime importance in the study of British ceramics. Link to book.
Featured Articles

Inappropriate Patterns for Children
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 8
Transferware Collectors Club December 2012

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! Below are patterns that fit the inappropriate or frightening category. Read this article.
Mozart, The Magic Flute, The Masons, And America
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 15
Transferware Collectors Club June, 2014  
by Judie Siddall
While waiting for Mozart's The Magic Flute to begin, I read the notes in the program titled Mozart's Die Zauberflote (Magic Flute) A Masonic Perspective by Tom Ellison, Past Master, Masonic Lodge 712 in California and chorus member of West Bay Opera (Palo Alto, California). I knew that Mozart was a Mason, as were many 18th century luminaries such as Joseph Hayden and Benjamin Franklin, but I didn't know much about the Masons (also referred to as Freemasons). Read this article. 
Clubs and Information Websites & Blogs
London Ceramic Circle at Morley College
They are dedicated to the study of British and International Ceramics, both porcelain and earthenware, from the earliest Roman time up to the present day. They offer illustrated lectures by leading ceramic experts at Morley College, visits to places of ceramic interest, and a two-day Seminar in October each year. Visit the site. 
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery  
This museum uses exciting and varied displays to tell the story of The Potteries. The world's finest collection of Staffordshire pottery, items from The Staffordshire Hoard and a Spitfire are just some of the highlights of their collection.  Visit their Facebook page
GROUP TYVisit website. 
Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
Over 60,000 International Visitors Have Enjoyed These Transferware Exhibition Web Sites Co-Sponsored by the TCC!   

Site visits grew by more than 72% in the last year! Visit these three exciting web sites co-sponsored by The Transferware Collectors Club -- Spode Exhibition On LinePatriotic America, and  Printed British Pottery and Porcelain online exhibitions.

Thanks to our Supporters
Thank you to 89 annual raffle and cash donors for supporting the TCC. Donations help support our research and education programs. Download a list of recent donors.
Database of Patterns & Sources Count
15,966 patterns,
1,041 sources
now available in the Database of Patterns and Sources.
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Gift Memberships Now Available
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 Membership Roster
A Membership List updated in May 31, 2019 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.
 Classified Ads
Members (including dealers) can post classified ads for free.  Ads may be posted in a monthly eNews, at the editor's discretion.
 Results of Auctions and Classified Advertisements on the TCC Website and eNews
four medallion platter
This four-medallion platter
sold for $8,500. Two previously advertised auctions resulted in sales of $7000 and $9500, both significantly over reserve.  
The rare "Chancellor Livingston" soup bowl advertised on the TCC website sold recently.

TCC Dealer Members can advertise up to 5 items for a very nominal price. More information.

Members who are not dealers can post classified advertisements at no cost. More information. 
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