Here is a workaday antique British teapot with a ribbed body and high collar, decorated in colors with floral baskets and sprigs in strong colors. It is stamped with the name of the maker, HERCULANEUM, a pottery in Liverpool. Early pearlware teapots from Herculaneum are very hard to identify because they were hardly ever marked, and because they imitated standard shapes in use in Staffordshire. Herculaneum also made creamware and pearlware, which was often transfer-printed, and that has made identifying the creamware pieces fairly easy. Pearlware is a different matter. This teapot’s simple and straightforward shape and decoration would have been assigned to some anonymous Staffordshire pottery if the factory mark was missing. I have two marked Herculaneum teapots in this shape, and they both have a unique molded design to the handle, which I haven’t seen mentioned in reference books. There are two overlapping segments, like scales, on the outside of the handle, one at the top of the curve and one two-thirds of the way down. I’ve seen this feature only on Herculaneum teapot handles. The lid for this pot was made too large and doesn’t sit neatly in the opening, but it is original. The upper half of the spout has been repainted after some repair, but it’s impossible to know how much repair was done—a chip or something larger. The teapot is five and a half inches high. It is an important reference piece for identifying other Herculaneum teapots. Alan Smith’s standard reference book on Herculaneum shows no teapots of this shape, and he was able to illustrate only a very few pieces of pearlware. Good luck with an internet search for Herculaneum pearlware teapot!