One of my favorite collections is my individual teapots. I wrote about the terra cotta pots in my collection made by the English company, Sadler recently but my all time favorites are my Hall tea pots.
These diminutive pots were made from a process called a single-fire process which allowed the Hall China Company to quicken the manufacturing process and still make a product that was more durable than what was on the market. The single fire process is just what the name suggests, the pot was only fired once instead of the normal two or three times. This process allowed Hall to create bold new colors on their dinnerware and serving pieces with a much more efficient process. Early on in their production, Hall noticed the sale of teapots out sold their other products; so they increased production and the number of teapot styles and became known for a quality teapot.
Many of my little pots were used in restaurants because the quality of the pots and their glaze held up to the abuse of commercial use. Over the years my collection has diminished through some breakage and some deliberate downsizing but, the ones I love the most are my Hall pots.
My all-time favorite is my pink Boston style 3 cup pot. It stays in my cupboard and is used quite often for my tea time. With a similar styling of the classic Brown Betty teapot this Boston style Hall pot brews the perfect cup of tea and keeps tea hot longer. I have other Boston style pots in a smaller size but the pink one just makes my heart sing. It is a soft rosy pink color, marked on the bottom with the Hall logo, and holds the perfect amount of tea for me. The other two pots in the picture are individual pots holding about two teacups worth. I like using the little yellow and blue pots for my grandsons since they both have a locking lid that cannot be tipped into a cup when pouring.
My other favorites are the New York style pots in my collection. Three are the same size with the same gold decoration on green, yellow or blue which were acquired over a period of several years. All are the same style, 2 cup pots and all keep tea perfectly warmed. The pink one came to my collection showing much love. The handle and spout are missing most of their gilding and the inside is beginning to craze but it is still beautiful in my estimation. The plain yellow pot’s color is quite a bit bolder than the gilded yellow pot giving it a more modern look.
The construction of these New York pots is genuinely superb, the handle is open enough to give a good grip, wide enough to feel comfortable in the hand and stays relatively cool enough to not transmit too much heat. I love using these pots when serving several types of tea.
Other Hall pots in my collection include some single serve commercial pots with flat lids allowing them to stack in a cupboard easily. A fellow collector told me years ago that this style pot was used in railroad dining cars because the foot was larger across than the pot and it gave extra stability when traveling the rails. I never corroborated this story but it sounds plausible and these pots only hold a small amount of tea so there would be less to clean up if it slid off a table. It’s hard to see because the mark and the glaze are both dark but these two pots are marked with the older circular Hall logo. With their flat lids on or off, these pots safely stack on top of each other.
Two of my other Hall pots are some I always pick up at estate sales, garage sales and flea markets hoping to one day find the other pieces to put together a complete set. These rectangular pots are both water pots of a Tea for Two set. The set includes three pieces: a teapot with a long spout, an extra water pot and a tray to hold them both together(the white set is complete with tray, hot water pot – short spout, and teapot – long spout). These water pots are usually the piece that survived any catastrophe since the spout is shorter making the water pot much sturdier. Usually the tray, the most vulnerable is the hardest piece to find but, I persist in looking for the pieces. The boys in the family like using these funky squarish pots. I guess they look a little more masculine.
Decorating my family room, these tiny one and two cup pots fill some shelves made to hold a collection of teacups. That way, they are always at the ready if someone stops in for tea. I love to let my guest pick their teapot and their teacup when we celebrate anything with tea.