TransferredTreasures

Vintage English Transferware for Dining & Design

Winter Springs, Florida · 106 Sales

TransferredTreasures

Vintage English Transferware for Dining & Design

Winter Springs, Florida 106 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(48)

Announcement   Who knows why a person is captivated by a particular type of antique? Perhaps for me it was my British immigrant heritage that attracted me to transferware. I have always been drawn by the struggles of working class families, so I think this may actually be why I love transferware.

Back in the early nineteenth century, the process of creating beautiful dinnerware sets was done one item at a time. The transfer process was actually innovative compared to what was done before the transfer process was developed. Prior to it, each piece of china was hand painted! Everyday people couldn't afford china, which, by the way, came from China.

Then the process of etching a design into metal, inking it, applying a tissue to pick up the design and placing it directly on to earthenware bodies came into vogue in England. Suddenly huge sets of dishes could be produced quickly and cheaply. Middle class people could afford their own dish sets. Most transfer workers were illiterate women and children who scrabbled together a living applying patterns to blank pieces. Perhaps that sounds like usury, but in its day, it was opportunity.

Modern Staffordshire sets are still produced and mimic the look; however, machines do the work. The drudgery may be gone, but so is the charm and beauty. It's probably the little imperfections that make the real stuff so special. I love the intricate designs, the hand-done process, and the connection to my relatives of the past. Transferred Treasures is dedicated to only one type of antique, Staffordshire transferware; however, Staffordshire wares also included pottery with wonderful shapes but no transfer designs, white ironstone, also one of my antique loves. See my other Etsy website for these items, TheIronstoneCottage.

My shop title has double meaning. Not only does it focus on transferware, but also, it represents the process. In the present, I collect these treasures and offer to transfer them from my hands to yours. Welcome to Transferred Treasures.

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Last updated on Apr 10, 2017

Who knows why a person is captivated by a particular type of antique? Perhaps for me it was my British immigrant heritage that attracted me to transferware. I have always been drawn by the struggles of working class families, so I think this may actually be why I love transferware.

Back in the early nineteenth century, the process of creating beautiful dinnerware sets was done one item at a time. The transfer process was actually innovative compared to what was done before the transfer process was developed. Prior to it, each piece of china was hand painted! Everyday people couldn't afford china, which, by the way, came from China.

Then the process of etching a design into metal, inking it, applying a tissue to pick up the design and placing it directly on to earthenware bodies came into vogue in England. Suddenly huge sets of dishes could be produced quickly and cheaply. Middle class people could afford their own dish sets. Most transfer workers were illiterate women and children who scrabbled together a living applying patterns to blank pieces. Perhaps that sounds like usury, but in its day, it was opportunity.

Modern Staffordshire sets are still produced and mimic the look; however, machines do the work. The drudgery may be gone, but so is the charm and beauty. It's probably the little imperfections that make the real stuff so special. I love the intricate designs, the hand-done process, and the connection to my relatives of the past. Transferred Treasures is dedicated to only one type of antique, Staffordshire transferware; however, Staffordshire wares also included pottery with wonderful shapes but no transfer designs, white ironstone, also one of my antique loves. See my other Etsy website for these items, TheIronstoneCottage.

My shop title has double meaning. Not only does it focus on transferware, but also, it represents the process. In the present, I collect these treasures and offer to transfer them from my hands to yours. Welcome to Transferred Treasures.

Linda Dancy

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About

Pebble Into Water

Like many sellers, my retail business started with a hobby. In my case, it followed the tragic sudden death of my younger brother who was an antiques enthusiast.

We were both adults living states apart. Whenever we got together, he would find an antiques show for us to visit where he would marvel at the workmanship of sterling and toleware, the quality and lines of early furniture, and the stories of cultures that produced them. As he focused on a particular piece, he lived in the world that produced it. I pretty much just walked around with him for his company.

That changed with his passing. Antiquing morphed into a comfort zone for me, not in any creepy way of connecting with the dead, just a pleasing sense of being in a zone of peace. If you spend enough time with antiques, some will rise to the top of the interest pile. For me, it was vintage china from Great Britain. Another truism - spend enough time collecting and studying in a concentrated area, taste and knowledge will deepen and refine. I became somewhat of an unschooled expert in transferware and white ironstone from the 1800s, mostly from the Staffordshire region of England. Once there were shelves in every room and little space left, I finally heeded my husband's pleas that I "get rid of some of that stuff" by opening a physical shop. After that came the magic of the internet to reach like-minded others.

The Dalai Lama said, "Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." What started as a connection with my brother is now a much broader experience of connectivity for me.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 10, 2017
You have arrived at a site for antique china from England's 1800s. It was a special time for quality china related to shape, intricate design, and color. Whether your passion is for romantic transferware, aesthetic designs, or historical wares, you will find authentic antique selections here.

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You can pay by Direct Checkout, PayPal, check, or money order. International payments are asked to use PayPal.
Shipping
I usually use USPS Priority Mail and send my items fully insured. If you have an option you would prefer, either because of price or safety, I am open to your ideas. I just want my antiques to arrive alive in the most cost-efficient way possible. International shipping is usually USPS Priority; however, I am open to another option if it is safe, secure, and insured.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want for you what I want for myself when I shop online- to get what was described safely and quickly. If I get it wrong, I will take it back and refund your money. Damage during shipping will involve an insurance claim, of course.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am also available to help you design a wall of transferware. That usually calls for multiple conversations and photos between us to get the combination right for your space.