Erphila cat teapot

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2015-06-26 10:56:50

An Erphila cat teapot is a small ceramic teapot is the shape of a cat, produced by a German manufacturer during the early 20th century.

 

Background

The ‘Erphila’ mark can be found on a wide range of ceramic items imported from Germany, Czechslovakia and other European countries by the American distributor Ebeling & Reuss. The company was based in Philadelphia, and the label is a combination of Ebeling (‘e’), Reuss (‘r’) and Philadelphia (‘phila’).

The company itself was established by Frederick Ebeling and Theodore Reuss in 1886, and quickly became a major distributor of ceramic giftware to retailers across the United States. The company hit its peak during the 1940s and 50s, and remains in business today after being purchased by the Strathmore Corp in 2002.

The Erphila cat teapot

The teapot was produced by a German manufacturer during the 1920s or 30s, and features a black and white cat wearing a pink ribbon around its neck. The tail forms the handle, and the cat’s front paws come together to form the spout.

The label on the base reads “Erphila Germany”, meaning it was produced after 1920 but before the Second World War (after which all German Erphilia ceramics were labelled with “Made in US Zone Germany”).

How much is an Erphila cat teapot worth?

The cat teapot is a popular design for collectors, although it was manufactured for several years and is relatively common. Examples on good condition without chips or cracks can be purchased on auction sites such as eBay for between $30 - $80.

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