Hall Teapots - Part II

by Verona Greenawalt
Volume 21 No. 7 - March 1995

In 1920, Hall selected three shapes of teapots from their institutional line for a store promotion. The Boston, New York, and French shapes were decorated with gold to become the Gold Decorated line. This line was very successful and, in 1923, the Philadelphia Philadelphia shape was added. In 1930, six shapes, the Baltimore, French, Los Angeles, Newport, New York, and Philadelphia, were selected to be decorated with decals. Sales were poor, so finding the early decals is difficult for collectors.

The early forties saw the introduction of six teapots which came to be known as the Victorian line. There are two sets of names for these teapots attributed by two different authors. They are:

  • Benjamin / Albert
  • Birch / Darby
  • Bowknot / Gladstone
  • Connie / Victoria
  • Murphy / Peel
  • Plume / Disraeli

Aladdin Another series of six teapots, the Brilliant Series, was designed by J. P. Thorley and introduced in the 1950s, probably to replace the Victorian line. Once again, different authors have given us different names:

  • Apple / Browning
  • Grape / Darwin
  • Regal / Dickens
  • Royal / Eliot
  • Starlight / Tennyson
  • Windcrest / Bronte

In my research I have identified 71 different teapot shapes, excluding dinnerware and kitchenware lines, which were produced from the 1920s through the 1950s. There are probably more.

Aladdin
Adele Kansas
Airflow Los Angeles
Aladdin Manhattan
Albany McCormick
Alma Melody
Automobile Moderne
Baltimore Naomi
Basket Nautilus
Basketball Newport
Bellvue New York
 
Birdcage Ohio
Boston Parade
Bowling Ball Philadelphia
Cleveland Philbe
Columbia Rhythm
Coverlet Rutherford
Cube Star
Damascus Streamline
Danielle Sundial (Saf-T handle)
Dohrman Surfside
 
Donut T-Ball round
E-style T-Ball square
Football Tea-for-two
French Tea-for-four
Globe Teamaster - Teataster
Hollywood Teamaster - Twinspout
Hook Cover Thorley (six shapes)
Illinois Twin-tee
Indiana Victorian (six shapes)
Irvine Windshield
Johnson  

Nautilus Streamline Hall China produced more colors than any other American china company. They often did glazing for other companies. Special colors were created for special orders. The following list of colors includes all those that are listed in the reference books. There may still be more colors to be found.

Addison - a light grey
Black Lustre
Blue Turquoise
Cadet - medium blue
Camellia - a rosy pink
Canary - light yellow
Celadon - light green
Chinese Red
Citron - bright yellow
Cobalt
Daffodil - yellow
Deiphinium - blue
Dresden - deep blue
Eggshell White - a soft, matte white
Emerald
Forest Green - deep, rich green
Garden - green
Golden Glo - bright gold
Green lustre
Hi-Black - glossy black
Hi-White - glossy white
Indian Red - a shade of orange
Ivory
Lettuce - light green
Light Russet - almost pumpkin
Mahogany - rich brown
Marine - deep blue, between Delphinium and Cobalt
Maroon
Monterrey - similar to Celadon
Mother-of-Pearl - swirled
Old Rose
Pink
Poppy - red-orange
Rose
Sandust - light brown
Seaspray - green, similar to Celadon and Monterrey
Stock Brown
Stock Green
Sunset - red-orange
Tan
Turk Blue - darker than Blue Turquoise
Turquoise
Warm Yellow - almost like mustard
 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China, 2nd Edition
Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer, 1994

Superior Quality Hall China, a Guide for Collectors
Harvey Duke, 1984

Hall 2
Harvey Duke, 1985

Kovel's New Dictionary of Marks
Ralph and Terry Kovel, 1985