October 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 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.
TCC Annual Meeting: Birmingham, AL  - October 17-20, 2019 
Registration for the Annual Meeting in Birmingham has now closed. However, should you still wish to participate, please contact Annual Meeting Co-Chair Leslie Bouterie (email: leslie.bouterie@gmail.com) to determine space availability. Every effort will be made to accommodate late registrants.
Bill Kurau  
We are saddened to hear of the death of Bill Kurau. Bill was one of the original members of the Transferware Collectors Club. We shall miss his support, encyclopedic knowledge, and generosity. Click on the link to see Bill's obituary from Antiques and the Arts Weekly: Obit
Auction Watch  

November 15 & 16
37th Semi-Annual Americana & Fine Antiquest Auction
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates Link to their site.
Day One will have some outstanding transferware items featuring many picturesque American and English countryside scenes. Some of the fantastic pieces include a covered soup tureen featuring Enoch Wood's Sporting Series with "Camel" pattern (database #3568) and rabbit ladle, a 21 ¾" x 17 ½" platter with "Picturesque Views New York Hudson River" (database #9167), and numerous plates including one with pattern "Mitchell & Freeman's China and Glass Warehouse, Chatham Street, Boston" (database #5452). The complete catalog will be posted by approximately November 5.

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Get more details for both auctions on our website. 

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.
American Ceramic Circle Annual Symposium  
Registration is open for the 2019 American Ceramic Circle Annual Symposium, held this year with the extraordinary ceramics community around Old Salem Museum & Gardens / MESDA. The symposium includes a 2 day speaking program of national and international ceramics scholars, artists, and collectors, as well as immersive experience with the world's most comprehensive collection of ceramics made in the early American South. Before and after the symposium there are optional bus trips to regional highlights--Seagrove, NC and the Mint Museum.

Full information is available on the attached materials, or on the American Ceramic Circle website.

Registration, which includes the full program, admission to museums and Old Salem historic sites, as well as transportation, coffees, lunches, and a celebratory barbecue dinner, is available directly through the website, or on the forms attached.

Please direct any questions to Emily Campbell, Administrator for the American Ceramic Circle at admin@americanceramiccircle.org

Tile Display of the Month - Examples from the TCC Database
Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves     

Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves Pattern #18206. Maw & Co.,
Jackfield, Shropshire, c. 1874-95.
The tile is 6 inches and printed in shades of blue.

The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name. This four part tile has a flower motif, turned two different directions and a leaf motif that has a stem with leaves that weaves from left top to lower right in the center of the design. There is a single vine that circles around the flower in the section next to each leaf motif. When groups of tiles are formed, we see the leaf stem weaving vertically back and forth in the center of each tile all the way down to the bottom of the display. We see it here in a group of 4 and a larger group of 16 tiles. More information.
Pattern of the Month

Retreat from Waterloo

Shown is a 10 inch soup plate made by Copeland & Garrett (1833-1847). It is titled on the front of the plate, "Retreat from Waterloo," and is part of the Wellington Series.  
Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern. For TCC members only, this is pattern #5462. To see other items in this series, search the Pattern and Source Print Database
Photo of the Month 

The Seven Sisters

J. & G. Meakin, Eastwood Works, Stoke-on-Trent, England

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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 

New Book

Inside the Head of a Collector
Neuropsychological Forces at Play
by Shirley M. Mueller, MD  

Publisher: Lucia Marquand
Hardcover $40 Purchase on Amazon  
  • Introduces neuro- and behavioral economics for collectors and art professions to help them understand their own decision making
  • Brings a unique collector's perspective, providing insight for art dealers, collectors, and museum professionals. Includes artworks and objects that have never been published before
  • Chronicles the exhibit Elegance from the East: New Insights into Old Porcelain, which was one of the first museum exhibits to use a neuropsychological approach
  • Examines Order of Cincinnati fakes versus authentic articles, with photos to demonstrate.
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.
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
Cleaning Historic Transferware
by Scott Hanson
Antique transferware collector Scott T. Hanson shares his process for removing grime and under-glaze stains from historic Staffordshire transferware dishes. Using close-up photographs and clear text, the process is illustrated and described using two examples. After ten years of trial and error and experimentation, Hanson has developed a method that will remove the deepest stains from virtually any piece of glazed transferware, returning pieces to the bright colors and clean white backgrounds they had when they left the Staffordshire potteries in the 19th century. Link to the book.
Ynysmeaudwy and the Williamses
by Mike Trew 
This is the tale of a small potworks begun and run by a family of Cornishmen in a bleak outpost of the upper Swansea valley. Right from the start, its relative isolation from the other Swansea potteries ensured it an air of mystery which, in the years following its demise, assumed an almost mythical status. Get more information.
Featured Articles

Did Benjamin Franklin invent transferware?
By Wendy W. Erich

ON 3RD NOVEMBER 1773 Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) wrote a letter to Peter Perez Burdett, a young engraver then based in Liverpool, thanking him for sending his recently produced specimen of transfer-printed chinaware. Following words of appreciation and encouragement for the china, the elder statesman then makes an astonishing claim that he himself had pursued his idea for transferring pictures to pottery more than twenty years earlier, only to be laughed at by the English pottery trade. The invention of transferware pottery has been subject to academic dispute, but credit was ultimately bestowed on John Brooks as the creator and John Sadler, of Sadler & Green, Liverpool, as the developer of the transfer-print- ed style that revolutionised the surface decoration of ceramics for the following two hundred years. However, the importance to ceramic history of this 1773 letter written by Franklin has been overlooked. Read this article.
Don't Believe Everything You Read on that Plate
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 11 Transferware Collectors Club September 2013
by Len Kling
It's a painful thing to have to admit, because we all love our dishes and want to be able to trust them. However, the plain truth is that for almost two centuries, some of them have been deceiving their owners. We read the pattern marks and naturally take it for granted that what is printed there is accurate, but alas, that's not always the case. Perhaps some would think this is not an issue of the greatest importance, for just as a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, so a mismarked pattern is just as pleasing to the eye. Still, lest we forget that Staffordshire potters were not always above a bit of gentle skullduggery, here we look at some examples from the database that are in fact "ringers" inserted into series of views bearing a place name. When marked, it is with the series name, but they aren't identified individually. Read this article. 
Clubs and Information Websites & Blogs
Friends of Blue
Friends of blue was formed over 40 years ago and offers an opportunity for beginners and experts alike to share their interest in printed pottery. Visit the site. 
The Potteries Bottle Oven
This site tells you everything you want to know about Bottle Ovens, their history, types, construction and how to fire.  Visit their 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
15,851 patterns,
1,039 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 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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