May 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. 
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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.
2019 Annual Meeting Birmingham, AL Registration Now Open

Join fellow TCC members and friends on October 17-20 in Birmingham Alabama for an exciting exploration of the prolific production of the Wedgwood factory and its competitors, and the innovative and creative 19th century developments in transfer printing which helped to shape the British ceramic industry.  


The Birmingham Museum of Art, with its stellar collection of ceramics, including its world renown collection of works by the Wedgwood factory, will serve as the focal location for lectures, tours, and hands-on activities. The Annual Meeting will include an impressive line up of speakers from the US and the UK, visits to the historic Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens and a noteworthy private collection, and the ever-popular Transferware Raffle, Show and Discuss Session, and Transferware Sale! More Information and Register Now! Pay online using PayPal.

Raffle Donations Requested! 

The Transferware Raffle has become an important fund raising activity for the TCC Annual Meeting and it will again be a feature of the meeting in Birmingham. Proceeds are used to support the club's educational mission. Last year's raffle in Providence produced more than $1,800! Please help us to meet or exceed that goal for this year by donating items. We seek a variety of beautiful transfer-printed wares, in many different forms, patterns and colors. Each item or group of items should have a retail value of $200 or more and be in very good condition. To make your donation, please contact Frank Davenport at Download this post as a pdf. 

2019 Annual Meeting Spotlight on Speakers

We are pleased to present the following outstanding roster of ceramic experts who will discuss how Britain's pottery manufacturers gained commercial success both at home and abroad with their pottery and porcelain. From pattern design to transfer printing production, attendees will discover how British transferware became popular in homes throughout Great Britain and on the tables of American presidents and plantation owners, in cottages and in the cabins of the enslaved. Download Speakers Spotlight. 

2019 Annual Meeting Scholarships for Students and Young Professionals
Do the tales that ceramics could tell excite you? Do the patterns on transferware tantalize you and challenge you to hunt the pattern down? Would you like to meet other people who are like-minded and energized to share their stories of research and collecting?
The Transferware Collectors Club Board of Directors first initiated a scholarship program in 2016 to encourage and support students and young professionals in attending our annual meeting. This year our meeting will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, and we are seeking one or more graduate students or young professionals working in the decorative arts, archaeology, historic preservation, or other ceramic-related fields, to apply and receive scholarship funding which will cover the full cost of registration as well as a stipend to assist with hotel and travel expenses. Young professional / graduate student scholarship information and application attached.
NEW Bulletin  TCC 2019 Number 1

Read the issue's featured article British Transferware in Indonesia 1800-1915 By Jaap Otte. Members, read the entire issue here. Members, read the entire issue here
California's Fifth Regional Meeting February 2019

California TCC members met for a delightful afternoon on February 24, 2019. The meeting featured transferware lids and was graciously hosted by Jo Anne Jones. Fifteen members from as far away as San Diego attended. This was the fifth California TCC regional meeting. Additional discussion and images. 

Richards Transferware Research Grant Program: 2019  
Applications Now Being Accepted.

The Transferware Collectors Club is pleased to welcome applications for the 2019 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program for the study of British Transferware. Past transferware research grants have subsidized research expenses, book printing costs, and meeting speaker fees; research subjects have included advertising on transferware, images of Latin America on transferware, digitizing of historically important slides, photographing of important collections, develop on-line exhibitions, and investigate various specialized topics. Application submittal deadline is May 4. More information
Tile Display of the Month - Examples from the TCC Database
Pink Glow Flowers    
Pattern #18410 in the TCC Database. Maker: Sherwin & Cotton, Hanley, Staffordshire c. 1880-1911. A hand-painted pattern number "1161" is seen. In addition, the printed number 24 and the initials "H.P." which are often found on the tile back by this pottery. This pattern has a TCC Assigned Name. More information.
Pattern of the Month


Shown is a 10 inch plate printed in green and red in the "Washington" pattern by Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846). Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
Dish Camp

This year's Dish Camp, presented by Historic Eastfield Village, "Of Sailing Ships and Privy Pits: The World of Ceramics in Early America" will be held June 21-23.

Auction Watch  

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates   
36th Semi-Annual Americana & Fine Antiques Auction
June 21 & 22
Day Two will have some outstanding transferware items ranging from charming children's mugs to platters. Patterns include "Landing of Gen Lafayette at Castle Garden New York" by Ralph & James Clews, "A Gift from the Pottery", selections from Hall's Quadrupeds series, and a 65-piece set of William Ridgway's (1830-1854) Italian series originally purchased by the Clopper-Hutton family of Montgomery Co., Maryland in the second quarter 19th century. The complete catalog will be posted by approximately June 7 on Follow this link to view preview photos of other auction items.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.
Transferware Recorder News April 2019

A warm welcome to Issue Eighteen of the Recorder News. We all have crosses to bear - America elected Trump and the UK chose Brexit - so we hope you might enjoy a brief escape into the world of transferware. We can offer thoughts of Europe (heaven forbid!) along with Walter Scott, Paul & Virginia, and a wonderful presentation jug. We hope you enjoy them. Download a copy
Photo of the Month 
Smoke in Stoke-on-Trent.

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

Please Help with the Following
Seeking Facebook Editor
The TCC Facebook page will be losing one of our editors at the end of the year. We need one new editor, someone who will conscientiously add several new entries to our page each week. It's fun, educational, and you will contribute to the continued success of our club. Contact Judie Siddall:
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:


Henrywood's Highlights Number Thirty-Six of an Ongoing Series

A series of individually titled views of Europe made by Machin & Potts of Burslem. The series and individual titles appear along with the maker's initials M&P in a printed cartouche mark, and one of two different marks referring to the firm's patent process also sometimes appears. More information . Visit the Article Archives .
Featured Books
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Willow Ware
by Connie Rogers

The origin of the Willow Pattern is traced carefully. References to statements by Dr. Geoffrey Godden, Geoffrey Priestman and Robert Copeland add authority to Connie's account which adds new information on a recently found Chinese export porcelain plate that has a very close resemblance to the Standard Willow Pattern design. The name "willow pattern" has been rather loosely used over the years. Connie distinguishes between the various different designs - Standard Willow, Mandarin, Two Temples I & II, Booth's Real Old Willow, Canton and several others. Get more information.
Spode Greek
by Nicholas Moore

Spode Greek is a one hundred and seventy page soft-back publication by Nicholas Moore. It will serve as an invaluable reference work for Greek pattern collectors, historians and transferware enthusiasts alike. 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. Get more information. 
Featured Articles

The Montpelier Mystery Sherd
A Transferware Murder Mystery,
Episode 2 in a Transferware Detective's Saga

Database Discoveries - Contribution # 23
February, 2016
by Leslie Bouterie

Just as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot were never without baffling cases to solve, the work of a TCC Database detective is never done. Pattern identification mysteries abound, but rarely do they involve the investigation of foul play. Read this article.
Aesthetic Movement Transferware,
Some Things of Beauty (and Utility)
Database Discoveries - Contribution #4
July 2012
by Rita Robbins  
Although I have been intrigued with Aesthetic Movement transferware for many years, it wasn't until I volunteered to enter patterns in this category into the TCC Database that I discovered the variety, richness, diversity, and scope within the movement. This was both an amazing and delightful discovery and made entering these patterns an almost daily delight.

The Aesthetic Movement patterns are distributed into six sub-categories at this time: Birds, Border Only, Cartouches, Floral, Japanesque and Other. My intent here is to show a few of the unusual patterns in some of those categories. Perhaps it will entice you to look further at this section, which is one of the youngest in the database (patterns generally date between the late 1870's to the cutoff in this database of 1900). Read this article. 
Clubs and Information Websites & Blogs
Ceramics Study Club
Founded in 1934 (as the China Students' Club of Boston) they are the oldest organization in the United States formed specifically for the study and appreciation of ceramics. Their members come from a variety of backgrounds, including antique dealers, museum curators and educators, auction personnel, authors, students and scholars, and private collectors. Visit the site.

Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. Step inside more than 40 original buildings, and explore homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops - all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Talk with authentically costumed historians and see heritage breed farm animals. Discover the endless ways to immerse yourself in the Village. Visit the site.

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 70 donors for supporting the TCC. Donations help support our research and education programs. Download a list of recent donors.
Database of Patterns & Sources Count
15,498 patterns,
1,024 sources
now available in the Database of Patterns and Sources.
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Gift Memberships Now Available
Give your favorite transferware enthusiast the gift of a one-year membership to the Transferware Collectors Club! More information. 
 Membership Roster
A Membership List updated in April  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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