Database of Patterns & Sources Count
17,000 patterns, 1,077 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
September eNews 2021
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
Zoom Meeting October 15th and 16th, 1PM to 3PM EDT each day

Please save the dates of October 15th and 16th for the TCC’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. With our membership spread across the globe, there is only a limited period each day when most members are up and about at the same time – approximately 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight time in the US. Spreading the meeting over two days will allow us to include a variety of virtual tours and presentations within this window of time that is workable for most members.
  • The program will include a visit to the wonderful and extensive Eleanor and David Gestler Collection in western Pennsylvania. We will talk with Dave and daughters Kim and Carol, all TCC members and regular attendees at the Annual Meeting, about Eleanor and the collection. We may also get a glimpse of Dave’s extensive Early American Pressed Glass collection! A live Q&A session with the Gestlers will follow the video presentation.
  • We will also take a look at the Donald Essman/Dow Farm Collection in southern Maine. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see British transferware displayed in restored rooms as it was seen and used in the United States in the mid-19thcentury.
  • Also on the agenda is a visit to the remarkable shop of long-time transferware dealers Dennis and Ann Berard. It is not practical to hold a sale with the online virtual Annual Meeting, but we can have a conversation with Dennis and Ann about their many years as transferware dealers and get a look at the astounding variety of transferware pieces in their stock.
  • A brief Annual Business Meeting will be on the agenda. It will include reports from the Treasurer and Membership Secretary; updates on the TCC Database, Transferware Worldwide lecture series, the Richards Research Grant program, and the TCC website and social media activities; and election of Board members for the next year.
I hope you will be able to join us for all or part of the 2021 virtual Annual Meeting and look forward to seeing many of you in-person at the 2022 Annual Meeting!

Scott Hanson
TCC President
September Lecture
Thursday, September 23, 2021
1PM Eastern Time

Onglaze Printing on English Pottery 1750-1800, by  Robin Emmerson, Freelance Decorative Arts Curator, Shrewsbury, England
Description: The first printing on pottery was onglaze, and it was another three decades before pottery was printed underglaze. The study of onglaze printing presents a special intellectual challenge because an already glazed pot could have been printed hundreds of miles from where it was made, or in the same factory. The copper plate from which it was printed could also have been engraved somewhere else. Most printed pots do not have the signature of the engraver or printer in the print, but fortunately a few do, and these, together with documentary and archaeological evidence, enable us to trace the spread of the pottery printer’s skill from John Brooks and Henry Delamain at Battersea to Liverpool, Derby, Staffordshire and Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Speaker: Robin Emmerson was Curator of the Decorative Art Department at National Museums Liverpool. Since retirement he was for six years Chair of the Northern Ceramics Society. He was one of the contributors to the TCC and NCS joint online exhibition on British Printed Pottery and Porcelain and wrote the essay on ‘Pottery and the Liverpool Trade’ in S. Robert Teitelman et al., Success to America: Creamware for the American Market (Antique Collectors’ Club, 2010).
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The Transferware Collectors Club wishes to announce another milestone achievement by its Database General Editor Connie Rogers and the Editorial Team. On August 31, the number of patterns recorded reached an astounding 17,000. The database now also maintains 1,077 ceramic and print pattern sources. New records continue to be added daily.
Established in 2005, this database provides members with easy online-access to a valuable source of information about transfer-printed patterns and their sources. It is a member benefit and is used and enjoyed by ceramic collectors, researchers, archaeologists, curators, scholars, and dealers. Funding for the TCC Database was made possible through a generous donation from Marcia and Klaus Zech. Search Database

Check out our new monthly feature – a free online transferware puzzle! This will be the first of a unique collection of transferware puzzles! All of our puzzles will be created with images from our website. We will add a new puzzle every month.
"Monopteros” pattern platter made by T. & J. Bevington & Co., Swansea, Wales. The pottery was in business from 1817 to 1824. This is Pattern # 1011 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. The source print is titled “Remains of an Ancient Building Near Firoz Shah’s Cotilla, Delhi” and comes from “Oriental Scenery” by Thomas and William Daniell, published in London between 1795 and 1808. The same source print was used for versions of the pattern produced by Wood & Caldwell of Burslem, Staffordshire (in business 1790-1818) and John Rogers & Son, Longport, Staffordshire (in business 1815-1842).

Views of India were a popular theme on transferware in the first half of the 19th century, largely drawn from published books of prints like “Oriental Scenery." Go to the Puzzle.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."
The TCC is pleased to announce this year's research grant recipients.

Juliana Falk, USA
Julieta Frere, Argentina
Jacob Otte, USA
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library/Leslie Grigsby Project Manager, USA

Issue 32, August 2021

It’s time for yet another look at a few transferware topics and we are delighted to be able to report several new discoveries. We attempt to mollify some of our Scottish friends; report what may well be the initials of yet another unidentified retailer; and look at unusual doubly-printed wares. Those of you with a sweet tooth might also like to search out custard cups? Read more from this issue. 
Hansons Auctioneers
British and Continental Ceramics
September 14, 2021
Dr Richard Halliday, head of Fine Art Ceramics at Hansons Auctioneers, is proud to announce the next ceramics auction on the 14th of September. The auction has a wide variety of British and Continental ceramics, including a large section of transferware. Within this section is another part of the famous Kentish collection. Many major factories such as Spode, Rogers, Adams, Swansea are well-represented with patterns across most genres. The catalogue will be online from the 2nd of September. Any queries, please email Richard at Hansons website
Pook & Pook
The Transferware Collection of Robert Galli
September 30th & October 1st, 2021
Historical blue Staffordshire Landing of Lafayette tureens, pitchers, mugs, toddy plates, teapots, platters, plates, pepperpots, waste bowls, chamber pots, master salts, well and tree platter, and more from a collection out of Rhode Island. Join us as over 70 lots of this pattern cross the auction block at Pook & Pook in the Americana & International Auction on September 30th & October 1st, 2021. Pook and Pook
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction
with an emphasis on transferware.
Shown is a circa 1825 teapot printed with shells and flowers. There are lots of patterns with shells in the TCC database. More information.

Members only: See pattern #7580 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
This 6 x 6 inch tile, pattern #18799 in the TCC Database, is quite appealing, with the boy and girl skating together while they gaze at each other. The tile back has raised letters for Maw & Co., Broseley Salop with the center having Floreat MAW Salopia. Likely produce.d 1870-90 and apparently one of a six tile series. No reference has been found for this pattern; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. Additional information in the Database entry. Pattern and Source Print Database. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
From a New Hampshire collection, viewed during the TCC 2010 Annual Meeting. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
Bulletin TCC 2021 Number 1 

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): The Mount Pleasant Classical Institution:A Rarity of American Historical Staffordshire. 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! Read it here.

Bulletin editor Richard Halliday is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contact:
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.

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, unofficial assistant:
A Membership List updated in August 2021 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.
Upcoming Lectures

Thursday, September 23, 2021Onglaze Printing on English Pottery 1750-1800
Lecturer: Robin Emmerson, Freelance Decorative Arts Curator, Shrewsbury, England more info

Thursday, October 14, 2021 – Virtual TCC Annual Meeting (Lecture TBD)
Lecture speakers to be selected and engaged by TCC President Scott Hanson

Thursday, November 11, 2021"I saw three ships..." - the ship and related prints used at the Swansea Pottery - a reassessment
Lecturer: Jonathan Gray, Author, Welsh Ceramic Specialist, London, England more info

Thursday, December 9, 2021Transferware for the Hospitality Trade
Lecturer: Ben Miller, Assistant Curator of Ceramics, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Past Lectures
These lectures have been recorded and are available to current TCC members on the TCC website. Member login required. TCC website.

Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins…”
by Dr. Neil Ewins, Senior Lecturer in Design History, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England

From Rehe, China to Staffordshire, England; The Voyage of a Chinese Image presented by Ron Fuchs, Senior Curator, Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Transferware at the End of the World: Archaeology of a 19th Century Shipping Cargo in the Cape Horn Route presented by Dr. Dolores Elkin, archaeologist with Argentina´s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) based at the National Institute of Anthropology

Beyond Blue: Transfer Printing in Fancy Colours presented by Pat Halfpenny, Curator Emerita, Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur Museum

Contextualizing Transferware from Drayton Hall’s South Flanker Well, Charleston, SC. presented by Corey Heyward Sattes, Wexler Curatorial Fellow, Archaeology, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

Transferware In The Valley: Evidence Of English Transferware In New England’s Connecticut River Valley, 1820-1850 presented by Daniel Sousa, Assistant Curator at Historic Deerfield

From Trowel to Table: Ceramic Sherds Inform History Detectives at James Madison’s Montpelier presented by Leslie Lambour Bouterie, Visiting Curator of Ceramics at James Madison’s Montpelier and Visiting Scholar for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

And His Little Dog, Too: The Enoch Wood Pottery Memorized on a Mug, presented January 2021 by Angelika R. Kuettner, Associate Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Floral Prints as Sources for Patterns on Porcelain and Transferware; the Botanical and Gardening Obsession, presented December 2020 by Patricia (Pat) Knight, member of the TCC and the San Francisco Ceramics Circle.

The 'Etching Revival' and Transferware: Aestheticism on the Dinner Table, presented November 2020 by Jeff Ruda, Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California, Davis, and TCC member.

The Trade In British Transferware With The Dutch East Indies 1820-1940, presented September 2020 by Jaap Otte, Director of Development, Office of the Chief Information Office, the Smithsonian, Washington, DC.
Ceramic collectors groups are welcome to submit their online lectures for inclusion in forthcoming eNews editions. Please send information to

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-printed 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 the article.

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 the article.

The book includes a wealth of information: 90 patterns including Chinoiserie, Rural, Transitional, Sheet, Commemoratives and later patterns, 310 colour illustrations, sections on the potters' working and living conditions, Swansea Pottery employee census records, the first checklist ever produced of 349 known patterns from ALL Welsh Potteries, a well-illustrated marks section, an alphabetical index and an extensive bibliography. Get more information.
Swansea's Cambrian Pottery Transferware II Patterns and Borders
by Tanner, Arleen and Grahame

This book has 220 pages with over 90 patterns and 420 color illustrations including Chinoiserie, Rural, Commemorative, Transitional, Sheet and previously unattributed. The “Table of Contents” titled PATTERNS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE makes the book easy to use as a reference. Also helpful are the Alphabetical List of patterns and the Alphabetical Index to Patterns with Relevant Marks (with a selection from Book 1). Get more information.
The Antique Pot Lid Collector
The Antique Pot Lid Collector was created by two specialist collectors who have a combined expertise spanning over 70 years. They are namely Andrew Alsop specialises in Bears Grease pot lids and all Pharmaceutical items. Including bottles, John Foumakis specialises in muti-coloured printed pots and lids commonly referred to Pratt types. Link to the site.
Asiatic Pheasants
This site has everything and anything about Asiatic Pheasants. This is an information site and if you wish to buy Asiatic Pheasants china please visit the website of their sponsors Lovers of Blue & White where you will find Asiatic Pheasants in all shapes, sizes and ages. Use any of the links on the left Catalogues: China for sale. Link to the site.
Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
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:
More About Transferware Collectors Club

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.


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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