Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sadler English Teapots

James Sadler & Sons Ltd. was a pottery manufacturer founded in 1882 by James Sadler in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England.  
James Sadler became a household name after crafting fine earthenware and high quality teapots.  Early on, the company specialized in the Rockingham Brown teapot, and today those are the most valuable and rare among collectors.   The company began making novelty shaped teapots in the 1930's, and as time went on,  teapot designs featured various artwork and motifs reflecting England's history and heritage, such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and Henry VIII teapots.  The company became one of the top manufacturers of teapots in the U.K.
1999 was a year of change for the company [which was run by the two great-grandsons of the founder].  For the first time in 117 years, the family-owned company received a new corporate logo and brand identity.  It slashed its product line, and tried to re-target its customer base.  In an attempt to remain competitive, some production was outsourced overseas.   In spite of these endeavors, the company went into receivership in March 2000.  Churchill China purchased the right to use the company's brand name, designs and archives. 
My small Sadler Collection
The Blue Willow teapot below  is a small 2 cup, even though it looks larger in the photograph.
The two heritage teapots on the shelf below were too high to bring down for a close-up photo.  One is Kensington Palace and the other features several historical sites in London.
The last teapot [which was a gift] was manufactured after 2000 because it looks like a Sadler teapot, but the backstamp is Churchill.
What Sadler teapots do you have in your collection?


  1. Well, I don't have any (yet) in my (very small) teapot collection, but I will certainly be on the lookout for those. Oh, and after reading your blogs the past few days I went to and found the Old Country Roses teapot and teacup ornaments, which might just find their way onto my tree this year! (I had $19 in amazon gift cards from swagbucks, so I was delighted to find them on the amazon site). Anyway, today's teapots are equally gorgeous, I especially like the pink one and the blue willow. Hugs!

  2. Wonderful! I have always loved Sadler...they have been such a fixture of the "everyday" teapot market, and have had some wonderful designs. They have continued to reinvent themselves. You have such a great collection!

  3. I did not know Sadler made the Brown Betty too! Right now I'm scouting for a Sadler Christmas teapot -- at a reasonable price!

  4. Do you know anything about the Sadler teapot #3018 signed teapot? This one is the exact shape of the tourquoise #3037, only it is cream, with green at the top edge and gold leafery down each section. It also has the gold trim.


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