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Hall China "Springtime" French Tea Pot
Here is a very pretty, French shape Hall China "Springtime" teapot you can USE without regret - while the absolutely pristine "shelf pieces" sit safely on display in the china cabinet !
There are NO cracks, chips, crazing or repairs and the silver trim is nearly perfect, but it does have a few VERY hard to see manufacturing flaws that make it less than perfect. So it's a great way to actually enjoy authentic Hall China! Or it will fill the bill perfectly until a mint/near mint "shelf piece" comes along. (But you'll have to wait, because Springtime tea pots are hard to find in any condition).
This pot is a 6-cup size, 4-1/2 inches tall from the table top to the tip of its spout. It is correctly marked in gold on the bottom: SPRINGTIME PATTERN HALL SUPERIOR CHINA
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 was made without glaze, and is just slightly discolored. The "black line" is a FACTORY FLAW, the way it was made, a fissure in the pottery that doesn't make any difference except cosmetically, but "it's there."
"Springtime" is a classic 1930s-1940s pattern of Hall China Company dinnerware. The floral design with trailing stems of white, pink and yellow flowers in muted pastels gracing both sides, set off by bright silver trim, is so typical of the period.
IMPORTANT, please look at our pictures: You must pick it up and look VERY very closely to see that the lower part is not perfectly shaped - a FACTORY FLAW. On the body of the teapot (impossible to photograph, very hard to see) near the base are several places where the pottery is thicker. We are guessing that this piece was taken out of the mold before it had properly hardened.
Regardless, it is a pretty piece, and an older Springtime tea pot is difficult to find in any condition. Reasonable offers welcome !
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