"Springtime" is a classic older pattern of Hall China Company dinnerware. This French shape teapot would be a nice find for a Hall admirer, with trailing stems of white, pink and yellow flowers in muted pastels gracing both sides, set off by bright silver trim.
This is a 6-cup size, 4-1/2 inches tall from the table top to the tip of its spout. It is not a pristine "shelf" piece, but it would work fine until a better one came along (you'll likely have to wait, because these are hard to find), or it would be just fine to carefully use and enjoy!
Springtime was one of the earlier patterns by this beloved old company. This pot is correctly marked with gold SPRINGTIME PATTERN HALL SUPERIOR CHINA bottom marking.
CONDITION: Very few signs of use with absolutely NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The spout is perfect. There is light wear on the silver metallic trim (almost all of the wear is on the lid; we would say it is about 85% good, the rest of the decoration is significantly better).
Inside the pot, the rim is lightly discolored and has rough edges -- we can't tell whether this is damage from use or whether it was from not having been finished well at the pottery when it was made (see the next paragraph. (This does not show, of course, with the lid on.)
Also, the underside of the lid rim is unglazed and is just slightly discolored. The "black line" is a factory flaw, a hairline split in the pottery that doesn't make any difference except for looking bad, but "it's there" and would not be in a pristine/mint example.
IMPORTANT, please look at our pictures: The molding is less than perfect -- a manufacturing flaw. Inside the lid, the lower part is misshapen. On the body of the teapot (impossible to photograph, very hard to see) near the base there are several places where the pottery is thicker. We are going to guess that this piece was taken out of the mold before it had properly hardened. You must pick it up and look very very closely to notice this.
Regardless, it is a pretty piece, and an older Springtime tea pot is difficult to find in any condition. Reasonable offers welcome !
Item ID: 3134
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