Lingard Humpty Dumpty teapot
A Lingard Humpty Dumpty teapot is a vintage novelty teapot produced by the British manufacturer Lingard Webster & Jones.
Lingard Webster & Jones was a British pottery manufacturer based in Stoke-on-Trent in Midlands. Established in 1887 as ‘Colclough and Lingard’, owners Daniel Lingard and James Colclough formed a partnership with Colclough’s son-in-law James Webster in 1900.
This new company operated until 1972, and found great success during the 1930s – 50s with their range of decorated novelty teapots.
This range continued until the late 1950s, when they turned their attention to standard teapots and tableware.
The Lingard Humpty Dumpty teapot
The teapots measure approximately 7” by 9”, and were produced during the 1930s as part of a range that included other nursery rhyme characters such as ‘The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe’.
It depicts the character of Humpty Dumpty ‘sat on a wall’, with the character’s legs hanging over the edge. The main ‘egg’ body is attached to the teapot’s lid, with the body of the teapot designed to resemble brickwork (‘the wall’).
The teapots were produced is a range of vivid green and yellow colours, with green examples far more commonly found on the secondary market. They also featured silver detailing on the figure’s shoes, bow tie, facial features and surrounding brickwork.
How much is a Lingard Humpty Dumpty teapot worth?
Lingard Hunpty Dumpty teapots are popular with collectors, but their value depends on their condition and colour.
The most valuable examples are those with vivid colours and unmarked silver detailing. These can sell on auction sites such as eBay for between £20 - £40 depending on condition. Yellow examples are rarer, and on some occasions can be found offered at up to £100.