January 2020
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 webadmin@transcollectorsclub.org 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  
 
Have you renewed your membership for 2020 yet? If you have, thank you!
If not, your access to the data base was cut off as of 1/1/20. The fastest way to renew is online using PayPal. By renewing online and using PayPal, saves our member chair a lot of time. Access a printable renewal form, or directly renew online.

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


NEWS

The Spode Museum Trust Seeks Funding for Its 250th Anniversary Display of the Spode Collection

In Partnership with Portmeirion, the current Spode brand owner, the Trust plans to celebrate Spode's 250th Anniversary by opening an exhibition in the Old Museum space with new displays from the collection held in storage since the factory's closing over ten years ago. These new displays will feature the company's outstanding ceramic production including the classic Georgian Greek, Caramaniam and Italian patterns as well as pattern books, order books and much more.

In order to complete their work, the Trust needs to raise £35,000 (approximately $46,000 US) to renovate the Old Museum space and the existing showcases, create the new displays and to link the original museum space to the existing Heritage Center opening in May 2020. The renovated space and new exhibits will take the Heritage Centre to a new level making the full range of Spode production available for future generations to enjoy.
 
Much has already been achieved by the Spode Museum Trust to make this anniversary celebration possible. The Heritage Centre has been expanded to include the Spode retail store, storage and basic display space. In partnership with neighbouring tenants, funding has been committed for lift access to the newly restored Blue Room and for opening up public access via the original factory entrance. The Spode mould collection has been digitised with funds from the University and Trustees are committed to a £100,000 feasibility study to define the long-term future of the Heritage Centre on the factory site.

You can help build this new exhibition and bring to light treasures from the Spode collection by making a donation. U.S. citizens wishing to make a charitable donation can contribute U.S. dollars to the American Friends of the Spode Museum, either

by PayPal to americanfriendsspode@gmail.com

or by check to 47 Roselyn Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94118. Contributions of stock can also be made to American Friends of the Spode Museum account #9165-3249 at Charles Schwab & Co.

Recorder News

Issue 22, January 2020

There have been lots of interesting transferware topics in the last twelve months and in this issue we can add a couple of new discoveries, some informative marks, a nicely marked toy plate, and a view of the Staffordshire Potteries which hopefully will never be recreated. Read more.

An Introduction to the Bottle Oven

Iconic biscuit oven at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Images and text provided by Terry Woolliscroft October 2019.

Huge brick-built bottle ovens, integral to a pottery factory and essential in pottery manufacture, were once the dominant feature of the Potteries landscape. At their peak, around 2,000 existed in the City of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Most of them were fired once a week, some twice. At each firing at least 10 tons of coal was burnt in each oven. Some very large ovens used over 30 tons per firing. Thick, black, choking smoke filled the air. However the Clean Air Act of 1956 put a stop to their use and sealed the fate of the traditional coal-fired oven. Pottery manufacturers were allowed seven years to find alternative fuels. The race to demolish the redundant ovens, and rid the area of its grim past, began.   Read more.

(Click on thumbnails to see larger images)
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Please submit your favorite transferware related photo (excluding images of actual pottery pieces) to the TCC Web Administrator: webadmin@transcollectorsclub.org 

Pattern of the Month

Peace and Good Old Times

Seen is a 6.5 inch plate titled "Peace and Good Old Times" by an unknown maker. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
 
Visit the database to see similar patterns, Pattern and Source Print Database
Tile Display of the Month - Examples from the TCC Database
 
 
Red Flowers and Blue Urns     

Red Flowers and Blue Urns. Pattern #17733.
"Patent No. 27120" impressed on the back for the shape.
The date is 1894 or 1904 -- not quite legible.
Maker Unknown. The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name.

The pattern on this tile is formed in an octagonal shape inside the triangular border shapes. Four stylized red leaves alternate with blue urns, on the flat sides of the octagon. The borders meet to create a new blue square center in the group of 4 and the red flowers connect the two centers in a large X pattern. The blue urns connect the round centers forming squares. The diagonal tilt with 4 whole tiles and 8 partial ones give the entire pattern a new slant. More information.
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 president@transcollectorsclub.org. Thank you!
Last Chance to Purchase TCC Mugs
 
Fewer than12 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 frankdhaddonfield@outlook.com 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 tk_bennett@yahoo.com   
TCC Annual Meeting - October 2020 
Final details are being confirmed and an announcement will be made very soon.
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 bulletineditor@transcollectorsclub.org.
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:  http://www.transcollectorsclub.org/classifieds.html

Contact:  webadmin@transcollectorsclub.org

Featured Books
People & Pots
by Terence A. Lockett
 
Terry Lockett, the founder Chairman and a former President of the Northern Ceramic Society, is a freelance lecturer and writer who gave many talks over the past 40 or more years that involved a good deal of research. This book is a compilation of material that reveals much about Terry's life and also the societies and institutions with which he has been associated in the past 50 years. Link to the book.
 
Swansea's Cambrian Pottery Public & Private Commemorative Printed Wares
by Arleen and Grahame Tanner 
 
This is the first book to deal solely with the public and private commemorative pieces from the Swansea Cambrian Pottery. It shows also how these pieces relate to other known Swansea patterns and borders. Link to book.
 
Featured Articles

Museums and Places of Interest With Displays and Collections of Transfer Printed Pottery
Transferware Collectors Club December 2012


This list is intended for use of transfer printed pottery ("transferware") collectors and researchers who are: Planning a trip and hope to view collections or related exhibits of transferware. Searching on-line for information on transferware. Locating collections available by prior appointment for viewing and/or research. It is a service provided to members of the Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) and other interested transferware collectors. It is directed towards collections and exhibits of transferware and its manufacture. Although we have not sought it out, information on archives and research material is also included wherever appropriate. Read more.
 
The Mysterious Mr. Marshall Plagiarist Extraordinaire
by Dick Henrywood
 
 
William Marshall of number 1, Holborn Bars, London, must have been quite a character. He was at various times a lottery dealer, publisher, pocket book maker, print seller, chapman, stationer, hardwareman, cutler and tea dealer, a bankrupt and, it transpires, a plagiarist.  
 
Dick's interest in him stems, of course, from research into transferware and related source prints, but in trying to unravel a little bit about William, Dick has been fascinated by the breadth of his activities. Dick finds from announcements dated between 1816 and 1818 that he was licensed by the State Lottery at the Stamp Office "to divide lottery tickets into shares and to issue such chances". Read this article. 
Clubs and Information Websites & Blogs
Mason's Collectors' Club
The Mason's Collectors Club was founded in 1972 for all who collect, have an interest in, or appreciate the ceramic wares made by Miles Mason between 1796 and 1813; and his sons William Mason; George Miles Mason and Charles James Mason from 1813 to 1851 and subsequent potters who had the rights to the Mason's name; (Morley, Ashworth and Goddard), who traded from the Broad Street Works in Hanley well into the 20th Century. Visit the site. 
 
Printed British Pottery & Porcelain 1750 - 1900
This online exhibition celbrates the British innovation of applying printing to ceramics. Explore and enjoy this unique art form, which has remained popular for more than 200 years. View the site. 
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
16,018 patterns,
1,041 sources
now available in the Database of Patterns and Sources.
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 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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