Hall China Birdcage teapots
Hall China Birdcage teapots are vintage teapots produced by the Hall China Company.
The Hall China Company, based in East Liverpool, Ohio, was the world’s largest manufacturer of decorated teapots from around 1910 until the early 1940s.
The Birdcage teapot was one of six designs introduced by the company in 1938 as part of their novelty teapot range. These were produced successfully until 1941, but as public tastes changed the production of Hall novelty teapots decreased steadily throughout the 1940s.
Hall China Company Birdcage teapots
The teapot measures approximately 7 ½” by 7 ½”, and features a design of embossed flying birds around the body. It has a circular hoop on the lid and a short spout, along with a thin looped handle.
They were produced in a wide range of solid colours, and with variations such as standard and special gold decoration. Standard gold decoration features gold lines which highlight the edges of the cage, spout, handles and birds themselves, whereas special decoration features a solid gold coloured spout and handle.
The teapot was produced in the following colours:
- Chinese Red
- Indian Red
- Warm Yellow
Hall reissued these teapots in decorated, limited editions during the 1990s, and later in solid colors, available for sale on their retail site. The new ones may be distinguished from the original, vintage versions by the ring-shaped lid finial. It is open on the vintage pots, and solid on the reissue. The vintage Birdcage teapots also have a built-in strainer, the reissues do not.
How much are Hall China Birdcage teapots worth?
As with all Hall novelty teapots from the 1930s and 40s, the Birdcage teapots are popular with collectors (although less sought after than other designs in the range such as the Automobile and Donut designs).
Prices depend heavily on colour and condition, but examples in good condition can be found on auction sites such as eBay for up to $150. An example in Chinese Red sold for $800 in December, 2012.