Hall China Company Donut teapots


2015-06-26 11:01:38


Hall China Company Donut teapots are vintage novelty teapots produced by American manufacturer The Hall China Company.


The Donut teapot design was produced by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio, during the late 1930s and early 1940s. It was part of a range of six different designs known as ‘novelty teapots’ released in 1938, towards the end of the company’s most successful period.

From around 1910 until 1940 the company was the world’s largest producer of decorated teapots, but changing public tastes led to a decrease in business and by the end of the 1940s the company had switched its production to focus on other forms of tableware, dinner ware and refrigerator-ware.

Hall China Company Donut teapots

Hall Donut teapots measure 10” by 7 ¾”, with a thin handle and circular design with a hold in the middle (resembling a donut).

The Donut teapot was manufactured from 1938 until 1940, in a wide range of colours and decaled patterns. These included:

  • Black
  • Cadet
  • Canary
  • Chinese Red
  • Citrus
  • Coblat
  • Delphinium
  • Emerald
  • Indian Red
  • Ivory
  • Marine
  • Maroon
  • Orchid
  • Turquoise
  • Warm Yellow

Other variations include those featuring Hall patterns such as Orange Poppy, Blue Blossom and Crocus, and examples with lines of gold decorating the handle, lid and spout.

In recent years new versions of the design have been produced, such as limited edition designs commissioned for the Autumn Leaf Club and the East Liverpool Alumni Association. The design remains in production today, but new versions are manufactured in a different range of colours and with a slightly different spout so that they are not confused with originals.

New versions also feature a square company stamp, rather than the circled mark that appears on originals from the 1930s and 40s, along with their year of production.

How much are Hall China Company Donut teapots worth?

As with all the various Hall novelty teapot designs of the 1930s and 40s, Donut teapots are highly popular and sought after by collectors. Examples with gold decoration are rarer and valued higher, with Chinese Red one of the most popular solid, undecorated colours.

In excellent condition, examples with gold decoration can sell for more than $200 on auction sites such as eBay whereas plain solid-colour teapots can sell for $50 - $150 depending on their colour and condition.

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