Do you like to collect vintage teapots? Then I'm sure you know that some of the most collectible teapots were made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Over the years as an antique dealer, I have bought and sold a countless array of Hall teapots. But my favorites, pictured below, are the keepers.
In the early 1940s, Hall came out with a "Victorian Style" teapot line. There were six in all; the Murphy (blue), Benjamin (green), Bowknot (pink), Birch (blue), Connie (green) and Plume (pink). However, this series had lackluster sales, so Hall decided to add gold decorations to make them more popular. They still didn't catch on and the line was dropped by the end of that decade.
I used to have all six of the Victorian teapot line. Since I'm not that fond of pink, I sold the Plume and Bowknot ones at my tea room several years ago. I kept four lovely pots in celadon green and light blue. I prefer the simple, undecorated teapots. The ones with gold are a bit gaudy for my taste.
In the early 1950s, Hall released six new teapots that were probably intended to replace the Victorian series. Called "Thornley Teapots," they were designed by the noted J. Palin Thornley. This line was produced two ways: undecorated and with gold designs and glass rhinestones imbedded in small pockets formed in the body of the pots. Talk about gaudy!
I came across one of the Thornley teapots at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market a few years back. Shown below, it is undecorated and called the Apple. I paid $12 for it and have since learned that it's one of the most difficult Hall Thornley teapots to find. Score!
Here is a view of my Connie Victorian style teapot.
This one is the Murphy.
The Benjamin, below, is my all-time favorite teapot.
And this pretty one is called the Birch.
Did you know that Hall still produces china for the foodservice industry as well as the retail trade? Once while John and I were visiting family in Cleveland, Ohio, we took a two-hour drive to East Liverpool to tour the Hall China factory. It was really interesting. They even had an outlet store called The Hall Closet filled with newly-made pieces. After checking out Hall's website, I discovered that a few of their classic teapots are still in production today. They can be found online at Hall's eStore here.
Hall China's teapots are well made and super sturdy. I guess that's why so many vintage ones are still around today. Plus, they brew a great pot of tea.