arrangement of items colored and blue transferware

Database Discoveries #21 & #26 THE “UVA” MYSTERY

Database Discoveries #21, THE “UVA” MYSTERY by Leslie Bouterie

The talents of master detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple are often needed to decipher the mysteries of transferware patterns. As the Floral and Botanical editor for the TCC database, I channel their skills whenever possible and try to emulate their thorough investigatory techniques. Read the article.

Database Discoveries #26 THE “UVA” MYSTERY- continued by Leslie Bouterie

Ace detectives, such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, are always attuned to the surfacing of clues and new information, even when a mystery, supposedly, has been solved. This TCC database editor and detective shares that mindset, and was delighted when new evidence came to light regarding "The Uva Mystery." Previously, a blue transfer-printed earthenware tankard, with a blurry mark appearing to be the pattern name “Uva,” was closely examined and researched (Figures 1 & 2). After much investigation, all of the clues pointed squarely to the mysterious pattern being properly named "Alva" rather than "Uva." The pattern was thusly entered into the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources and the case was closed! Read the article.