Thursday, September 13, 2007
Autumn Leaf Tea Pots and Friday Tea
Two favorite teapots in my collection were made by Hall China in the 1930's and 1940's. They are decorated in the Autumn Leaf pattern and were distributed by the Jewel Tea Company. Here is the story of Jewel Tea and my teapots.
From The Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China 2nd Ed. Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer
Hall China with the Autumn Leaf decal first appeared in 1933 with the introduction of a large 9" mixing bowl. Hall produced this Autumn Leaf line exclusively for the Jewel Tea Company of Barrington, IL. In the early years pieces were offered to Jewel customers as premiums for the purchase of other products. (Jewel Tea advertisement courtesy of The Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China )
Since Autumn Leaf developed as a premium line, new items were added regularly, and old pieces were discontinued periodically, giving customers the incentive to buy more products so they could obtain the premiums while they were still available.
The "Rayed" long spout teapot (shown above)was introduced in 1935 as a combination teapot/coffee pot and discontinued in 1942. It was sold for $1.50 in 1935, and is now valued at about $60.00. The Aladdin teapot (shown above) was introduced in 1942. This teapot was listed in a 1960 catalog for $4.25. It continued in production until 1976 It is valued now at approximately $65.00.
All pieces of Autumn Leaf were discontinued in 1976, although some pieces were reintroduced in 1978. At this time 106 of the long-spouted "rayed" teapot (shown in my photo) were reintroduced, and were given by Jewel as awards to outstanding sales people.
The Hall China Company was founded by Robert Hall in East Liverpool, Ohio, on August 14, 1903, and is still operating today.
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