Learn how these SHA members benefit from the Transferware Collectors Club Database of Patterns and Sources

Success Stories



Montpelier archaeology

Montpelier's team of historical archaeologists relies on the TCC's Database of Patterns and Sources to identify patterns and makers of transfer-printed wares unearthed on the grounds of President James Madison's estate. Using the TCC's Database, researchers were able to identify more than 70 different patterns from sherds found on the historic property. The pattern on the plate above is Davenport's Bamboo and Peony, recorded in the TCC Database as pattern number 120. Marked items enabled researchers to date the pieces and confirm that a dinner service in this pattern was used for dining at Montpelier.

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Argengina archeology

Dr. Dolores Elkin (INAPL) states: "I joined the TCC this year, and their Database of Patterns and Sources has already been extremely useful for identifying and gathering information on transfer printed wares that I am studying, found in a ship´s cargo lost in Tierra del Fuego. The TCC is being a great research tool, not only by providing images and bibliography on the patterns I am dealing with (all made by Anthony Shaw), but also by stimulating exchanges with other TCC members willing to share their knowledge on the subject."

Dr. Dolores Elkin of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano (INAPL) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Técnicas – CONICET




"The Transferware Collectors Club and its expansive and detailed database has been instrumental to our research of Transferware in Drayton Hall’s archaeological assemblage. One of the most challenging aspects about identifying Transfer Printed patterns on recovered ceramics is the broken nature of these vessels and thus the absence of a full picture. That said, the resources of the TCC, the organization of its database, and the assistance of experts within this community make it possible to piece the story of these ceramics back together—and thus gain a better understanding of their significance to archaeological research". 

Corey A.H. Sattes, Wexler Curatorial Fellow, Archaeology - Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
(The pattern printed on the plate shown above is Tuscan Rose. It was identified as pattern number 4151 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. The plate was made by Ralph & James Clews, 1814-1834.)

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The TCC offers a 24-hour trial membership for $10 to explore the Database of Patterns and Sources. Go to:

24-Hour Access to Patterns Database (

24-Hour Access to Patterns Database $10.00 for one day

Offer includes Access our database for a limited 24-hour period. If you decide to become a member after your limited access, we will subtract the $10 from your first-year membership or you can become a member now and receive access all year round!

Become a TCC Member: 

Membership is from January 1—December 31. The TCC offers two types of memberships: 

> Individual (Household) Memberships for up to two people per member household. $50 (US), $60 (International) 

> Business/Institutional Memberships (Multi-User): $100 (US), $110 (International) 

Current List of Institutional Archaeological Members

In addition to many individual TCC-Archaeology members, the following is a representative list of organizations whose research benefits from the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.

AECOM, Landsdale, PA

Artefactuel, Quebec, CA

AMBS Ecology and Heritage, Camperdown, NSW, AU

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

Cultural Surveys Hawaii, Waimanalo, HI 

Digital Arch Archive of Comp Slavery, Charlottesville, VA

Houston Archeological Society, Houston, TX

Landmarks Preservation Commission, New York, NY

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Montpelier Archaeology, Orange, VA

Northeast Museum Serv. Center, Charlestown, MA

Rice University, Houston, TX

Richard Grubb and Assoc. Inc., Cranbury, NJ

Stoke on Trent City Archives, Stoke on Trent, Staff., UK

Stoke on Trent City Council, Stoke on Trent, Staff., UK

The British Museum, London, UK

The Scottish Pottery Society, Glasgow, UK

U of Mass at Boston, Anthro Dept, Boston, MA

Washington & Lee Lab of Anthropology, Lexington, VA