September 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. 
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
PRIVATE COLLECTION TOUR Registration Deadline is September 16!
Join us for a visit to an outstanding private collection of British ceramics with a focus on brown transfer-printed ware. An Annual Meeting is always enhanced and enriched by a visit to a local private collection. This year, TCC member Dr. Charles Torgerson graciously welcomes our group into his elegant Birmingham home to view his collection of outstanding British ceramics. In addition to transferware, his holdings include an extensive, stellar collection of white ironstone and early creamware, and exquisite examples of caneware, mulberry-printed ironstone, and Southern primitive pottery. Download this pdf to read more . DON'T MISS OUT REGISTER NOW!  
2019 Transferware Collectors Club Richards Research Grant Awards Announced

Grant Recipients:  
Tania Manuel Casimiro, Portugal  
Project Title: British Transferware in 18th and 19th Century Portugal - An Archaeological Perspective  
Sandra Guillermo, Argentina  
Project Title: A Systematic Study to Understand Fashion and Consumer Tastes for British Transferware Patterns Printed on Table and Toilet Services in 19th century Homes in Buenos Aires (Argentina)  
George Haggarty, Scotland  
Project Title: A Catalog of Transfer-printed Pottery Produced by Scotland's East Coast Potteries Prior to 1850 Scott Hanson for TCC 2019 Annual Meeting, USA Project Title: Travel Stipends for the 2019 TCC Annual Meeting   
Scott Hanson for TCC 2019 Annual Meeting, USA  
Project Title: Travel Stipends for the 2019 TCC Annual Meeting
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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.
Auction Watch  

October 4
Historical Blue from a Prominent New England Collection
Pook & Pook, Inc., Link to their site.

November 15 & 16
37th Semi-Annual Americana & Fine Antiquest Auction
Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates Link to their site.
Day Two 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 1.

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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.
Tile Display of the Month - Examples from the TCC Database
Four-part Connected Motifs     

Four-part Connected Motifs, pattern #17913. E. Smith & Co. Coalville, Leicestershire. The tile measures 6x6 inches. The tile back has raised lettering: E. Smith & Co. Coalville, and is dated 1885-1900. The pattern is printed in blue and has a TCC Assigned Name. The double criss-cross borders divide the tile into 4 parts, each with a different motif. It is interesting to see the motifs in each square reach out into the empty space between borders and sometimes connect with another motif. The arrangement of 16 tiles together shows how the white space between the borders weaves in and out, creating an interesting grid or trellis. More information.
Pattern of the Month

Chinese Phoenix

Shown is an Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) 9 inch plate named "Chinese Phoenix" by the TCC. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
Photo of the Month 
PotLid Advertising Bears Grease

It's fun to take a closeup look at the printing on a transferware piece. In this case we have a mid-19th century 2.5 inch diameter pot lid advertising bears grease, produced for Henry Burton of London. The product would have been contained in a base, or pot, and the pot/lid held together with a paper label around the circumference. Note the detail of the engraving. I wonder how many days it took to engrave this simple lid? (Click on thumbnails to see larger images)

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

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 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
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
Swansea Commemorative Pottery
by Helen Hallesy
Politics Reform Royalty Wars
The focus of the book is on a relatively small group of wares produced at the Swansea potteries in South Wales, generally classed as 'commemoratives', sometimes documentary, certainly historical. The aim has been to discover and record the primary source materials from which the engravers and artists at Swansea worked. Link to the book.
101 Ceramic Highlights The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
101 Ceramic Highlights profiles the ceramic collections at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, through 101 carefully selected entries. Introductory essays also explore how this unique and special collection has developed from its origins in the 19th century. Get more information.
Featured Articles

Dark Blue Davenport
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 19 Transferware Collectors Club June, 2015

By Frank Davenport

The Davenport pottery was first documented in a 1974 book by Terry Lockett then later by Terry Lockett and Geoffrey Godden (1989). The authors tell much about the ninety-three years of operation and the wide range of ceramics and glass produced. The pottery became a limited company on 23rd April 1881, trading as Davenport's Ltd but ceased manufacturing and declared bankruptcy in March six years later. The land, buildings, equipment, molds and copper plates were all sold and Davenport's pattern books have not been seen since. Read this article.
Death and Bereavement on Transfer-Printing
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 12 Transferware Collectors Club November 2013
by Colin Murray Parkes
Death is an unpopular topic in our society and we may ask why anyone would want to include death-related imagery on items intended to decorate homes or to be used in the daily consumption of food and drink. A systematic trawl of the current TCC database reveals 104 patterns that are directly related to death. Read this article. 
Clubs and Information Websites & Blogs
Flow Blue International Collectors' Club
They are a group of nearly eight hundred of the world's friendliest folks, including over seventy generous dealers, bound together by our love, and occasional lust, for flow blue and mulberry china. Visit the site. 
Pots, Tools and Techniques of Early Potters
This group has been formed to share research that has been done on Pots, Tools and Techniques used by potters anywhere from 1900 back. This is an open group so everyone can share their information. If you want to learn a certain technique then ask the question on here and you may get the answer you're looking for. Visit their Facebook page
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
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Database of Patterns & Sources Count
15,799 patterns,
1,036 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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