May 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 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 Research Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted 

Applicants for the 2020 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program for the study of British Transferware are encouraged to submit by May 4. Annual funding for this program remains at $10,000. Grant funding for selected proposals is made available by the end of August each year. Application forms are available for download on the club's website:   
Bisque and glazed shards,
Bridge and Swans, Rathbone. George Haggarty
We are pleased to inform you that 2019 grant recipient George Haggarty, Scotland, has published his catalog of transfer-printed pottery produced by Scotland's east coast potteries prior to 1850. View the catalog.   
TCC Board Announces Postponement of the 2020 Annual Meeting
In light of current estimates provided by the federal government that the Covid-19 pandemic could be with us well into the summer or longer, the TCC Board of Directors has voted to postpone the 2020 annual meeting, originally scheduled for October 15-18, until the following year. This decision was not taken lightly, but the health and safety of our members, many of whom are senior citizens, is of our utmost concern. 
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of member Leslie Bouterie, most of the extensive planning already completed can still be implemented in 2021. Until we meet again in the next year, we send our sincerest wish for good health and well-being for all members and their families. Please contact TCC President Scott Hanson if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help with the 2021 meeting.
Photo of the Month

Cheddleton Mill

Flint, an important pottery ingredient, was fired and milled at this location, not far from Stoke-On-Trent, England. The flint was transported by canal from the beaches of the English Channel to the mill. TCC members spent a lovely morning at the site, as part of our 2003 annual meeting. View several thousand images related to ceramics and transferware on our website's Image Gallery, here. Read a description of the 2003 meeting here.
Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
Pattern of the Month
"Let Brotherly Love Continue"

This Masonic jug by an unknown maker shows two men wearing top hats and Masonic aprons. The crown they are holding shows a GR, which probably signifies that the jug was made around the time of the coronation of George IV in 1821. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern. If you are a TCC member, this is pattern #5659 in the database.
Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Tile Display of the Month - Examples from the TCC Database
Pomegranate Border   
This 6 inch tile pattern was designed specifically to serve as one section of a border pattern.The back of the tile has the words Mintons China Works impressed, giving the name of the maker.The dates are c. 1873-1891. See pattern #18718 in the database.

The tile itself has a border pattern on two sides only. It is a honeycomb pattern that has been cut in half with the two edges meshed together to form a honeycomb variation. The center of the tile shows a large, ripe pomegranate as well as buds and leaves that will fit together when tiles are laid end to end. A group of 3 tiles shows the pattern vertically, and a group of 5 shows how it would look as a horizontal border. More information.
(Click on thumbnails to see larger images)
Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
Auction Watch  

Schmidt's Antiques  
Ceramics Auction 
June 6, 2020 

Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates 
38th Semi-Annual Americana Auction June 26 & 27
A varied ceramics offering including Durham Ox, Shipping, and Spode Indian Sporting Series; Source Prints; Staffordshire figures; and various additional Staffordshire pottery. More info. Link to auction.

Superb selection of American historical transferware including the collection of Theodore and the late Alvina Breckel, of Oley, Pennsylvania and Winnetka, Illinois. More info. Link to auction.

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction
with an emphasis on transferware.
Bulletin  TCC 2020 Number 1

The Spring 2020 Bulletin has been printed and we are in the process of mailing. Thanks to Michael Weinberg for working with our printer and making this happen despite the obvious roadblocks.
Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): Transferware used at Cambridge Colleges. 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, Vol.XX No. 3, 2019 -- has been updated as of December 2019. A rich resource! Read it here.
New Membership Roster

A Membership List updated in April 30, 2020 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.
Recorder News  

Issue 24 (May 2020) 
Several interesting items this time, ranging
from black humour, through a couple
of good marks (one a puzzle), a look at
hospitals, and updates to the Rose Border
series, to a claimant for the smallest
miniature piece of transferware. Read more. 
New Catalogue of Bottle Ovens in the UK and Pomona Pottery

Thanks to Terry Woolliscroft for providing this listing of all known remaining bottle ovens and kilns in the UK. Terry was instrumental in conducting the project. Download PDF listing or link to Terry's blog to view the list.
In addition, Terry has created a new page featuring Bell's Pomona Pottery in Newcastle-under-Lyme, neighboring town to Stoke-on-Trent. Link to the Pomona Pottery page. 
Click on image to see larger version. Photo credits: TCC Image Gallery (top); The Potteries Bottle Oven (Terry Woolliscroft) (bottom).

Firing a Downdraught Beehive Kiln 
Excellent 25 minute film on Irish clay pipe manufacture, and in particular, the firing of a downdraught beehive kiln. Great imagery and music! Link here to YouTube.  
Thanks to Terry Woolliscroft for bringing this to our attention.
Excellent "Old" Reference Now Available Online  

Canadian Historic Sites Spode/Copeland Transfer-Printed Patterns  
by Lynne Sussman
Lynne Sussman's excellent resource "Spode/Copeland Transfer-Printed Patterns Found at 20 Hudson's Bay Company Sites (1979)" is available for direct on-line viewing and as a PDF download. The PDF is approximately 80 MB and download may be slow. View the book and download the PDF. 
Classified Advertisements  

A large collection of predominantly red and white Transferware - more than 100 pieces in all - mostly plates but also bowls, tureens, platters, tea pots, saucers and demitasse sets. Would prefer to sell or have auctioned the entire set. Collectors, Dealers and Auctioneers please contact: 
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 Blue China Book
By Ada Walker Camehl
Early American Scenes and History Pictured in the Pottery of the Time. With a Supplementary Chapter describing the celebrated Collection of Presidential China in the White House at Washington, D.C., and a complete Checking List of known Examples of Anglo-American Pottery. Link to book.
The Diaz collection: Material Culture and Social Change in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Monterey (California).
by Felton, David L, and Schultz, Peter D. 
This report, prepared by the Cultural Resource Management Unit of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, describes archaeological excavations and studies of the 1820s Cooper-Molera Adobe. It includes a healthy dose of transferware. Link to book.
Featured Articles

Antislavery Ceramics
Digital Antiques Journal

An engaging article featuring numerous transferware items. With permission, First Published Digital Antiques Journal, April 1, 2020. Free subscription Download PDF or Link directly to the article. 
Source Prints (Not Just Pretty Pictures)
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 14 Transferware Collectors Club
May 2014
Weston H. Palmer
The source print is sometimes a real life scene and sometimes imaginary. Many of the American category prints are found by searching references such as Ellouise Baker Larsen's American Historical Views on Staffordshire China, but sometimes the editor must search for the source print by other methods. These source prints are not just pretty pictures or works of art, but are often a different type of clue as to the scene itself and its location. Source prints can be critical to the dating of the ceramic piece. The following are but a few examples of the use of source prints. Read more.  
Clubs and Information Websites & Blogs
Scottish Pottery society
The Scottish Pottery Society has two branches: Glasgow and Edinburgh, both of which welcome new members. The site has articles, maps of kilns and information about books on Scottish Pottery. Visit the site. 
Stoke-on-Trent  The Potteries   
Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city in England. It made up of six distinct towns: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton - collectively known as "THE POTTERIES". The site is full of information of these 6 towns. View 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.

Database of Patterns & Sources Count
16,272 patterns,
1,049 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 30, 2020 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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