Vintage Hall Automobile teapots

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2015-06-26 10:32:19

Vintage Hall Automobile teapots are vintage novelty teapots produced by the American manufacturer The Hall China Company.

Background

The Hall China Company was established Robert Hall in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1903. The company perfected a new single-firing technique known as the single-fire process, which had not been used in modern ceramic production and had its roots in Ming Dynasty China. This enabled them to produce China for the American market in a range of unique colours, and the success of a new range of teapots introduced in 1910 led the company to become the world’s largest decorated teapot manufacturer.

During the late 1930s the company introduced a range of six different novelty teapot designs, one of which was their celebrated Automobile teapot.

Hall China Company Automobile teapots

The Hall automobile teapots were introduced by the company in 1938, and produced until 1941. The original batch was created in the following solid colours:

  • Art Glaze Blue
  • Black
  • Cadet Blue
  • Canary
  • Chinese Red
  • Cobalt
  • Delphinium
  • Dresde
  • Emerald
  • Indian Red
  • Ivory
  • Marine
  • Maroon
  • Orchid
  • Turquoise
  • Warm Yellow

Each of the teapots measures 9” in length by 4 ½” in height, and is stamped with the Hall mark along with ‘HALL 0532P 6 CUP MADE IN U.S.A’.

The modern reproduction teapots were produced in different colours to the originals. But some can look similar so collectors should look at the base markings. The new teapots are all marked with a square Hall mark (as opposed to an original round one) and the date they were manufactured.

How much are Vintage Hall Automobile teapots worth?

Original vintage Hall Automobile teapots are highly sought after by collectors. Examples can sell for between $150 - $350 on auction sites such as eBay, depending on their specific colour and condition.

Modern reproduction versions are also sought after, due to their limited production numbers, and prices depend on each individual design and pattern.

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