I thought it would be fun to close this teapot series showing the first teapot that started my collection, the very last teapot I acquired, and a few teapots in-between.
I received my first teapot long before I was a tea enthusiast. It was a bridal shower present, and I hung onto it throughout the years for sentimental reasons. It was made by Ellgreave Pottery, in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. Research revealed very little about this company except that it later became a division of Wood & Sons.
The following Pansy teapots and sugar and creamer are the same pattern, but produced by three different manufacturers. There is no specific pattern name printed on any of the pieces, so maybe that's why the pattern can be used by multiple potteries???
The large teapot is backstamped Arthur Wood & Son established 1884 Straffordshire, England. The smaller 1 c. teapot is backstamped Crown Dorset - a company established in Staffordshire, England in 1970. The sugar and creamer is backstamped Golden Crown and I couldn't find any Internet info regarding that company.
The pansy teacup below is made by Duchess in England, and the plate is backstamped Royal Vale, England - two more manufacturers to add to the mix! ;-)
The Music Notes tea set is used at most of my daughter's annual birthday tea parties since they usually have a music theme. It is manufactured by Fielder Keepsakes in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
When I was still working as a church secretary, one of the staff pastors went on a missions trip to Africa, and brought back the tea set pictured below as a gift. It would be fun to use it in an Out of Africa theme tea sometime. The markings are Xolani, South Africa.
My most recent teapot acquisition was just this week [Tuesday], thanks to my blogging friends who have piqued my interest in transferware! My favorite antique store is a few blocks from the beauty shop where I go, so I always stop in and seldom do I leave empty handed. I got the teapot pictured below for $25 [no extra charge for the dried up teabag inside! ;-)] and it's listed on E-bay for $99.95, so I'm quite pleased!
The backstamp on the teapot says Alfred Meakin - Straffordshire, England [Tonquin]. Alfred Meakin's company was set up in 1875. From 1897 thru 1913 it was known as Alfred Meakin Ltd. Alfred Meakin died in 1904 and was succeeded by his son, Alfred James, who died only four years later. In 1908 Robert Johnson bought the company for his son, Stuart Johnson and it stayed in the Johnson family's hands until 1976 when it became Myott-Meakin [1976 - 1991], before becoming part of the Churchill Group in 1991.
I would love to find teacups to go with this teapot. Maybe someday!
This concludes this particular teapot series. I'll revisit teapots again at a later date to finish sharing my collection with you. I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the teapots and accessories that fill my cabinets.
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Today I'm joining Bernideen's Tea Time blog for "Open House."