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18,350 patterns, 1,134 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.

November eNews 2023

Dear Transferware Enthusiasts:
We're pleased to send you this edition of our eNewsletter to give you the latest club news 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; email the TCC Web Content Administrator
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Planning is well underway for our first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019, to be held in Philadelphia April 25-28. Loren Zeller and Jaap Otte have been working on a wonderful program that will include a day trip to Winterthur, one of America’s most outstanding decorative arts collections. The meeting will feature a series of lectures exploring Philadelphia’s role in the import of British transferware in the 19th century and the important role of the Centennial Celebration of 1876 at Philadelphia in the introduction of the Aesthetic Movement to America, including on transferware. We are, of course, planning to have the traditional transferware sale and raffle! TCC vice-president Terry Majewski is working with an event planner on hotel and other venue details. An announcement with meeting details and registration information is pending.


The TCC would like to send its sincere condolences to Loren Zeller, TCC board member and president emeritus, and his family for the death of his beautiful, sweet wife of 55 years, Anne. Read more about Anne’s life at her memorial website.


TCC Bulletin Vol. XXIV No. 2

New issue is now available for members to review here. Free to all is a sample article: Opening Pandora’s Box: Identification and Attribution of the Greek Myth Series by Adrienne Trunk Boggs.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue. A rich resource! Search Index.

Bulletin editor is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: Dan Sousa: or David Hoexter:

2023 Vol. XXIV No. 2


Thanksgiving Table Set with Spode's Italian Pattern

For November’s free online puzzle, we have a Thanksgiving table set with Spode’s Italian pattern with a variety of other patterns displayed in the hutch and on the wall.

The pattern originated in 1816 and has been in continuous production ever since that time, making it the most popular pattern ever produced by Spode and the succeeding firms at the Spode factory. The center view was based on an unsigned grey pen and wash sketch which is now held in the Spode Museum Trust, said to have been copied from a Claude Lorraine pastoral landscape of 1638 which can be seen at Parham House in Sussex. The pattern has been copied by other potteries as well.

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month" and photo by Judie Siddall.


Transferware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

At least 107 transferware patterns are appended to interior and exterior walls at four locations within Junagarh Fort. Shown here is a projecting window surround, with at least 37 patterns. How many can you identify? Refer to the 2020 article by Hoexter and Siddall, in TCC Bulletin Vol. XXI, No. 3. Members can download the entire bulletin; the article is available to anyone here. See larger image. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."


Butterflies and Flowers

This pattern, known as Butterflies and Flowers, was made by the Herculaneum Factory (1796-1840) circa 1828-1830. It is pattern #19805 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. View larger image. See past Patterns of the Month.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."


A Trip to Edinburgh: Transfer-Printed Ceramics in the Collection of National Museums Scotland

Lecturer: Claire Blakey, Curator of Modern Decorative Arts, National Museums Scotland

Description: This lecture explores the collections of British transfer-printed ceramics in the collection of National Museums Scotland which include wares made for export across the globe, as well as pieces which can be used to illustrate the technical processes of transfer printing on pottery. 

Our speaker: Claire Blakey is Curator of Modern Decorative Arts at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. She has worked in museums across the UK, curating numerous exhibitions and publishing on topics including majolica, maiolica, the trade in Staffordshire pottery and East Asian ceramics. Watch video.


San Francisco Ceramic Circle

Sunday, November 12, 2023 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Call and Response: The Lives and Afterlives of the Black Potters

of Old Edgefield, South Carolina,

by Jason Young, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan.

The registration link is below:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The V&A Museum, London

Friday 1st December 2023, from 10.30 until 16.45

Bursaries available!

A Study Day on Chelsea Porcelain

The ECC Committee is delighted to offer up to four bursaries for the Chelsea study day. These are available to anyone 35 or under, members and non-members alike. The bursary covers the cost of the event ticket only.

If you would like to apply, please send a short email to with a brief bio and explaining why you would like to attend. Applications are requested no later than 12th November 2023.


The Earliest Known Example of Historical Blue Staffordshire by Hayden Goldberg

This is one of four articles authored by transferware collector and researcher Hayden Goldberg and originally published in The Magazine ANTIQUES. This article appeared on pp. 178-182, July, 1981. Courtesy BMP Media Holdings, L.L.C. Each of the four articles is available for download at no cost to the reader. Read more.

Enoch Wood's Series No. 106 Database Discoveries – Contribution # 9 by Len Kling

Enoch Wood's No.106 Series of European views was probably produced in the early to mid 1830s. Unlike many series of patterns dating from that time, it was not made in a variety of hues, but always in a very attractive two-color combination, a yellow printed border with contrasting floral sprays and central design in brown or black. Read more.


India on Transferware, by Michael Sack

Nearly every known scene of India on transferware is included in one book, together with photos (where available) of both the patterns and the source prints from which they were derived. Each pattern and its source prints (sometimes there are as many as five) are shown side by side so that they can easily be compared. More information.

Publication Update: India on Transferware by Michael Sack

Michael says, "The ink was hardly dry on India on Transferware at its publication in October 2009 before additional patterns and better images of some objects started showing up. I have been accumulating this new information ever since and now feel that I have enough stored up to issue this supplement." More information.


Transfer-printed Medical & Toilet Wares 1780-1850

2015 Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program Recipient. 

Richard Halliday, Market Harborough, UK, Study Title: Transferware Medical and Toilet Wares 1780-1850, Project Completion Date:  December 2017, Download PDF (members only) or Purchase hard copy.

All grant applications must be received by May 4 of the year the request is made. Learn more.


The White Ironstone China Association

Has members who are associated with collecting white ironstone has prompted members to study its history, manufacturing processes, potters and their marks, importers’ marks, body styles, and types of ware. Visit the site.

American Ceramic Circle

The American Ceramic Circle (ACC) was founded in 1970 as a non-profit educational organization committed to the study and appreciation of ceramics. Its purpose is to promote scholarship and research in the history, use, and preservation of ceramics of all kinds, periods, and origins.​ Visit the site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.


There are no auctions listed at the moment.

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 

with an emphasis on transferware.


There are no new classified ads at the moment.

Please contact us if you are interested in placing a classified ad 

with an emphasis on transferware.


Please contact us if you have recommendations of

newly published transferware books.


A Membership List updated in April 12, 2023 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.


Has Your Postal Mailing Address Changed?????

If you have moved but are not receiving your quarterly TCC Bulletin, you probably forgot to notify our member chair of your new address (this applies to email address changes also). The bulletin is mailed “bulk” and is not forwarded to new addresses by the USPS. Please notify the member chair directly:



We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members and auction houses. 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.


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.



Looking for anyone with a passion for the beauty and history of transferware who would like to help record lovely old patterns for a worldwide audience. The Database of Patterns and Sources is maintained by a team of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. You could be one of them! We're currently looking for editors in Romantic patterns, Literature and Performing Arts, and Tiles, but let us know your interests and we can find a spot for you. Contact Len at for more information!


The TCC Bulletin editor seeks submittals to future editions, particularly from first time or occasional authors. We have an extremely knowledgeable member base, yet many of our members seldom or never share their knowledge, at least in printed form. Now is your chance. Bulletin submittals do not need to be extremely technical or lengthy. They just need to be interesting and relate to British transferware! And they need to be accompanied by quality images. We would especially welcome articles from our growing number of archaeologist members.

Don’t fret if you have little experience. We will be pleased to work with you, to formulate your concept and bring your article along. Simply send us your ideas, if that is where you are, or text, even in preliminary form, if you are further along. Please submit in MS Word format, and separately, images in png, pdf or jpeg format. Please do NOT convert to PDF. Don’t worry if this is a problem for you; we’ll work with you to bring your article from preliminary to final, printed, stage, no matter your level of computer and word processes experience. 

Suggested topics: 

  1. Your favorite transferware piece, either your own or displayed elsewhere (why is it your favorite?, how did you acquire it?, what is the pattern, maker if known?). 
  2. What is your favorite place to view transferware: museum? stately home? Historic or archaeological site?
  3. Tell (and show) us your own collection (really good pictures required).
  4. New discoveries.
  5. Archaeological sites: overall summary of the excavation as relates to transferware; discuss a particular pattern or piece; context/importance of the transferware.
  6. In-depth research of a pattern, series, maker.


 Dan Sousa:

 David Hoexter:

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