October 2018
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
There's More Below. We understand that there is a tendency to view the top/beginning of a web site or newsletter, and then to move on, thinking that anything of importance is at the top and the bottom is a waste. It's true 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. 
2018 Meeting in Providence, RI  
October 18-21, 2018
Last-minute registrations still being accepted.
Deadline is October 11th. Email Meg MacDonald at 
This year's Annual Meeting will focus on the marketing and exportation of transferware from Great Britain to North America. Our Keynote Speaker Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, UK, and author of Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins: Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880, will be joined by an impressive line-up of experts presenting a wide variety of topics from maritime decoration on printed wares to Chinese export porcelain and its influence on British transferware.  Download brochure and registration form. 
Pattern of the Month

Fruit No. 11

Shown is a 6 inch by 6 inch sugar bowl, "Fruit No. 11," printed in black and covered in a pink lustre wash. Visit the website to learn more information about this pattern .  
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: jrsiddall@gmail.com
Membership Renewals
The Membership renewals will be mailed mid-November. Please ease the work of our member chair by renewing promptly. Note: as previously announced, members received an automatic (and free) six-month extension from July 1 in order to facilitate our switching to a January-December membership year. Remember to donate to the TCC when you renew. Donations are used for our educational programs.
2018 TCC Research Grant Recipients     

Scott Hanson (for 2018 TCC Annual Meeting), USA
Study Title: Fund a Speaker for the 2018 TCC Annual Meeting
Study Abstract: To provide funds to offset the expenses of a well-known individual in the field of British transferware to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2018 TCC Annual Meeting. The speaker will be asked to give two lectures which will be made available for publication on the TCC website.
Planned Completion Date: October 2018
Benefits to the TCC: The ability to procure speakers of considerable status to present topics of interest at the TCC annual meeting should increase meeting attendance and may increase club membership. Publication of the lectures on the website will benefit all who did not attend the meeting.

Michael Escolme, UK
Study Title: The Spode Blue Room: An Introduction
Study Abstract: To write a printed pocket-sized paperback and extended hardback guide to the Spode Blue Room collection.
Planned Completion Date: January 2019
Benefits to the TCC: The guide will be made available on the TCC website, which will benefit especially TCC members who have not seen the collection.

More information about grant recipients.
Auction Watch  

Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
October 13, 2018

Auction will feature an Ohio private collection of more than 600 pieces of Staffordshire transferware including many large serving pieces in patterns such as Fairy Villas (185 pieces), Nonpareil, Scinde, Ferrara, Wattau, etc. See more images.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.
New Book
Rathbone, China and Earthenware Manufacturers, Tunstall, Staffordshire 1808 to 1843  
by Ian Harvey  

Rathbone was a successful medium size pottery and this much expanded second edition illustrates the marks, shapes and patterns of tea ware, dessert ware, mugs and jugs, spill vases and punch bowls. For members of the TCC, there are numerous prints, both plain and with additional colouring, and a full chronology of the Broseley/Willow patterns used by Rathbone. Based on finds in the US, it is apparent that Rathbone exported to America, often with shapes particular to that market, and TCC members will have examples not recorded in the UK. In the interest of ceramic research, the cost of this book is subsidised by the author, who intends to do annual updates with images for the Newsletter of the Northern Ceramic Society to ensure that finds are in the public domain. This is a limited edition of 200 numbered copies. Get more information

Photo of the Month 

Printed 19th c. ointment pot, recovered from a tip or privy excavation.

Click on image for larger version.

Photo of excavation courtesy of Antique Ointment Collectors Facebook site.


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

Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table Exhibit
April 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Winterthur Museum,Garden & Library

Click on image for enlarged view.

Winterthur Press Release.
Read about the exhibit in Antiques And The Arts Weekly article, download here.

B ULLETIN TCC 2018 Number 1

Read the issue's featured article Japan Dreams of Egypt: Cairo by William T Copeland and Sons By Kelly Keating. Members, read the entire issue here

James Madison's Montpelier Archaeology Expeditions

Montpelier announces its 2018 Excavation Expedition and Other Programs. More information.

Henrywood's Highlights #35 of an Ongoing Series   

Illiad series

A series of classical figure patterns made by G.L. Ashworth & Bros. of Hanley. Most of the figures are derived from Flaxman's illustrations to Homer's Iliad, hence the title adopted here. More information
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 Michael Weinberg is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. For more information and to contact Michael, link here.
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
The Nuneham Courtenay pattern: A design success story with many subtle shades of diversity
by Richard Halliday

It tells the story of one of the most famous transfer-printed designs, and also explores the history behind the pattern. There are many historical images, source prints and modern-day photographs and supportive text. The book has four chapters dedicated to the pottery adorned with the Nuneham Courtenay pattern where each item has its own page with many images and full descriptions. Get more information.
Queensware Direct from the Potteries U. S. Importers of Staffordshire Ceramics In Antebellum America: 1820 - 1860
by John A. Walthall

This 2015 Revised and Expanded Edition, written by an archaeologist, concerns the use of underglaze U. S. importers marks on Staffordshire pottery made during the American Antebellum Period (1820-1860). Over 100 such importers are listed in this directory, which geographically spans the entire country, from Massachusetts to California and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Get more information. 
Featured Articles
Transferware Darning Eggs
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 2, May 2012
by Judie Siddall

A request from Tony Calvin of Cumbria, England about a possible attribution of a jug to the (John) Wilkinson Pottery of Whitehaven, West Cumberland (1820-1867), led to the serendipitous discovery of the uses of the rare egg-shaped transfer printed objects that I have been fascinated by for years. Tony and I shared information about the jug, and thus I learned about the Wilkinson Pottery and its production of transferware eggs.
I had previously entered eggs into the Database (DB) without knowing much about them. Indeed, it turns out that my initial egg entries were not made by Wilkinson. I did know that they were intended for children, as the patterns matched those found on children's plates and mugs. Read this article.

Transfer-Printed Rice Plates for the South-East Asia Market  
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 17, January 2015
by Connie Rogers
One of the greatest achievements in transfer printing in the last half of the 19th century was led by J. & M. P. Bell of Glasgow, Scotland. The firm was established in 1842 by the two brothers: John and Matthew Perston Bell. They began by producing useful kitchen wares. By the 1860s they were well established, and there was high demand for their decorative and useful pottery. In the 1860s and 1870s there was a large volume of exported ware, from other Scottish potteries as well as Bells, that was sent out to all parts of the world. John Bell became a ship owner and purchased a firm in Rangoon to assist with the continuation of their adventure. Read this article. 
Information Websites and Blogs Listings!
White Ironstone China Association
The White Ironstone China Association (WICA) is an outgrowth of informal gatherings of collectors and dealers that took place in New England and New York over many years. WICA was officially founded in 1994 and today is a nationwide organization with an active membership numbering some 600+. The membership consists mainly of collectors but also includes several dealers who specialize in white ironstone. Visit the site.

Great Canadian Ceramics
Website featuring transferware pertaining to Canada. Visit their site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
Transferware Collectors Club Gift Memberships

Give your favorite transferware enthusiast the gift of a one-year membership to the Transferware Collectors Club! Gift recipients receive a handsome certificate verifying their membership as your gift, enabling them to take advantage of the same benefits that you enjoy. More information.
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
15,040 patterns,
992 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  2018 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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