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?