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17,620 patterns, 1,094 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.

September eNews 2022

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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The TCC is offering three meetings (two in-person and one virtual) in October. Attendance at the in person meetings is limited, so be sure not to delay registering. Attendance is open at both meetings to all TCC members, irrespective of where they live.

October 15 Saturday, San Francisco, California: our "West Coast" Regional Meeting will take place in San Francisco, California on Saturday, October 15, 2022. The meeting will feature Michael Sack's extraordinary collection of India, Chinese and Middle East transferware views and source prints, and transfer printed and painted teawares with Chinoiserie patterns. David Hoexter and Judie Siddall will present their growing collection of polychrome/Pratt transferware (much more than just lids!). A transferware “show and tell”session and plenty of time for schmoozing are included. More information.

October 22 Saturday, Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts: our “East Coast” Regional Meeting will take place at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, October 22, 2022. The meeting will feature lectures by Historic Deerfield curators Dan Sousa and Amanda Lange on anti-slavery ceramics and early transfer-printed wares at Historic Deerfield. Also included will be a “show and tell” session, transferware handling session, and time to explore the Flynt Center of Early New England Life and the museum’s historic houses. More information.

October 30 Sunday, Virtual National Meeting by Zoom: our annual national meeting will again be conducted by Zoom. The meeting will include a short business meeting and recorded lectures. Possible additional features TBD. Note: we fervently hope to meet in person in 2023, and preliminary plans are underway.


The Transferware Collectors Club is pleased to announce additional funding made available through the Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Program for the study of British Transferware. Applicants must submit proposals by no later than November 15, 2022. Application forms are available on the club's website.


Meet Amy Griffin, our New Database Category Editor

(Tiles and Literary Themes)

Although I recently had the honor of working with the TCC Database through a Richards grant project with the Winterthur Museum, my first “Database Discovery” was during Leslie Bouterie’s February 2021 presentation on James Madison’s Montpelier, where I volunteered as an archaeological excavator in 2008, shortly after graduating from N.Y.U. with a B.A. in Art History. Identifying ceramic sherds instilled a special affinity for transferware, whose colorful and intricate patterns are a sight for sore eyes in the trenches. Ceramics were a favorite subject when I subsequently studied decorative arts and architecture at Virginia Commonwealth University (M.A., 2014) and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (M.A., 2016). While in Richmond, I began collecting transferware with the purchase of a yellow-glazed teacup and saucer with Neoclassical decoration inspired by the works of Adam Buck. In addition to “Buck’s Beauties,” my collection now includes child’s mugs and alphabet plates with literary themes, a favorite being Brownhills Pottery Co.’s “Robinson Crusoe Series” (i.e., TCC Pattern No. 6196). Ceramics have also been a highlight in my professional work at historic house museums, including Olana (Hudson, NY), Maymont Mansion (Richmond, VA), Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA), and the Eustis Estate (Milton, MA). I currently live in Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts, where I grew up, and look forward to meeting other members at the Annual Meeting, just down the road in Deerfield! I can be reached any time at


Editors note: Amy would welcome submission of any transferware tile and literary themed patterns not already documented in the Database. Contact her directly at the above email address. Welcome, Amy!


There are additional category openings. Contact Database General Editor Len Kling at if you would like to join the Database team.


September 14, 2022

Hansons Holloways, in Banbury

Dr Richard Halliday is very proud to announce his next Curated Ceramics auction at Hansons Holloways, in Banbury on the 14th of September. There are approximately 400 lots, including early porcelain, pearlware, creamware, Staffordshire and over 150 lots of blue and white transferware. Within the transferware are pieces of Spode Caramanian, Indian Sporting, other favourites also include Gamekeeper, Fortune Teller, Hop Pickers, Bewick Stag, Giraffe and much, much more. View larger images.

View online catalogue. For further details, please contact Richard at:

October 5, 2022

Pook & Pook

The upcoming October 5, 6, & 7 Americana & International Auction at Pook & Pook will feature a large Pennsylvania collection and several smaller collections totaling eighty lots of Historical Blue Staffordshire. For more information about this auction, please visit

December 20, 2022

Bonhams Skinner Marlborough, MA

On December 20, 2022, Bonhams Skinner Marlborough, MA. will be offering the Flora Rabinovitch collection of Staffordshire blue printed wares. Some of you may recall visiting Flora’s collection during the 2012 annual meeting in Seattle. In addition, there will be subsequent sales including a number of other selections from her vast collection of over one thousand pieces. For additional information please contact Stuart Slavid at or 508-970-3278. Online auction catalogue pending. More Information.

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.


Issue 37, September2022

A pot-pourri assortment for you with new discoveries, another uncommon sauceboat, Welsh and Scottish interest and a touch of Jersey, a Britannia metal mount, and just a smidgeon of toilet humour. Read this issue.


A Bouquet of Transferware Patterns and Flowers

Go to the Puzzle.

Credits: photo courtesy of Judie Siddall.

This month’s puzzle image contains a bouquet of transferware patterns representing a variety of themes that were popular in the 19th century and are popular among collectors today. This includes several American Historical views such as the Boston State House platter at the upper left and Arrival of Lafayette in New York platter at left lower center; Nautical themes are represented by the plate at center right and the steamboat at left on the same shelf, which is also an American Historical view; The Spode platter at upper right represents European scenery and city view themes, and the sugar bowl beside it represents botanical themes. In the fore of the shelf at center we see Child’s teapots and there are Child’s mugs on the shelf below. They represent another category. Finally, on the bottom shelf, we see a tureen and coffee pot with Pastoral British views, a theme with hundreds of patterns. All of these themes, and more, are included among the more than 17,000 patterns recorded in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Go to the Puzzle. See past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."


Overglazed Printed Creamware; Sadler & Green of Liverpool

& Their Association with Josiah Wedgwood

Lecturer: Gaye Blake-Roberts

Overglazed Printed Creamware; Sadler & Green of Liverpool & Their Association with Josiah Wedgwood was presented at the TCC 2019 Annual Meeting in Birmingham, AL. Gaye, now retired, was Curator at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, England, is currently an honorary senior research fellow with the V&A Research Institute, and was recently awarded the M.B.E. This lecture was made possible by the generous support of the Paul and Gladys Richards Research Grant Program for Studies in British Transferware. Watch Video


Conway Pottery, Park Lane, Fenton

Credits: photo and painting courtesy of Terry Woolliscroft.

Thanks to Terry Woolliscroft for sharing his painting of Conway Pottery. Shown here is a 1970 photo, and Terry’s rendition. Sadly, the building and its two ovens are gone. View larger images. See past Photos of the Month.

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

New York from Weehawk

Shown is an 18.5 inch platter titled “New York from Weehawk.” It is from Andrew Stevenson’s (1810-1827) Floral and Scroll Border Series, ca. 1825. Weehawk is actually known as Weehawken. Weehawken is in New Jersey. More information.

Members only: See pattern #5945 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

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


Our current membership chair (Jo Anne Jones) has held this position for seven years. Currently there is no-one who backs up Jo Anne, if she is traveling or unable to perform her duties. Although this is not a complicated job, it requires someone with computer and organizational skills, as well as interaction with the TCC bookkeeper. It also requires tracking the TCC membership data and reporting to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis, and the TCC membership on an annual basis. In addition to keeping track of new and returning members via our membership program, the membership chair answers inquiries from members regarding TCC website login problems, or other member related issues. Although not complicated, it does take time to understand the membership program and become familiar with its capabilities. It would be helpful to identify someone willing to contribute to the TCC by supporting Jo Anne in this vital position. Please contact Jo Anne at if you would be willing to consider being her backup.


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!


Bulletin TCC 2022 Number 1 

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): “Northampton Mass” by Enoch Wood & Sons: A Design Source Discovery by Dan Sousa. 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. A rich resource! Search Index.

Bulletin editor is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: 


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.

 Richard Halliday, TCC Bulletin Editor:
 David Hoexter:


Sunday, October 30, 2022

The next Worldwide Lecture Series will be in conjunction with the TCC Annual Meeting. This year’s virtual Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 30th and will feature two recorded lectures and a brief business meeting to update the membership on the status of the organization and vote on board members. Details to follow.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming lecture
with an emphasis on transferware.


Database Discoveries #2, TRANSFERWARE DARNING EGGS 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. Read this article.


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 the article.


Rathbone, China and Earthenware Manufacturers, Tunstall, Staffordshire 1808 to 1843, by Ian Harvey

This second edition is A4 in size, hard back with dust jacket, 237 pages and some 900 high quality images. It commences with the history of the Rathbone brothers and their potteries in Staffordshire and Portobello in Scotland and records all the Staffordshire partnerships with descriptions of the pottery that they built and extended. More info.

Swansea's Cambrian Pottery Public & Private Commemorative Printed Wares by Arleen and Grahame Tanner

This is the first book to deal solely with the public and private commemorative pieces from the Swansea Cambrian Pottery. It shows also how these pieces relate to other known Swansea patterns and borders. Published in 2013, the book has 29 pages and features 99 colour illustrations. It measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches. More info.


The Tea Leaf Club International

The Tea Leaf Club is dedicated to the study and collection of Tea Leaf Ironstone China and its Variants, produced in England and America from the mid-19th century through the early 1900s. The Club boasts hundreds of members from almost every state in the union, as well as from Canada, who collect, study, love, and appreciate the simple beauty and endurance of Tea Leaf Ironstone China. Visit the site.

The Wedgwood Society of NSW

The Wedgwood Society of New South Wales is an appreciation group interested in the products of Josiah Wedgwood, FRS (1730–1795) and his successors to the present day. 

They are based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, but members are from all over Australia and from other countries, with most resident in NSW. Visit the site.

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

A Membership List updated in March 2022 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.

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