Collecting – Hall China

I was a little girl when I first saw a piece of Hall China. The various pieces of Hall China I grew up with we used. We mixed pancake or cake batter in the big 9″ bowl. We baked scalloped potatoes in the little 6″ bowl. We ate meals on the 10″ dinner plates and drank hot coco out of the Irish Coffee Mugs.

Four Hall China Irish Coffee Mugs, Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1966 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Irish Coffee Mug – Introduced 1966 discontinued 1976
I drank many a cup of coco from these Irish coffee mugs. Like these four mugs, some of the pieces of Hall China I own, have the gold trim around the rim, worn partially or completely away through years of use.

Who would have thought at that time that the pieces we used everyday, would wind up being sought after collectors items.

The Pottery Capitol of the World and Hall China

Between 1840 and 1930, pottery companies in East Liverpool, Ohio made half of the pottery used in the United States.

East Liverpool, Ohio (dubbed the pottery capitol of the world), at one point had 200 pottery companies in business there. 30 of the companies became very large. Hall China was one of the largest.

For Hall China, it all started on July 7, 1903. A man named Robert Hall invited his former partners of the inoperative East Liverpool Pottery company, to settle and distribute assets. They met at his home.

At that meeting, Mr. Hall agreed to take over the plant located on the S.E. corner of E. 4th St. and Walnut. The plant, had been known as the “West, Hardwick and George pottery company” in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Just a little over a month later (on August 14, 1903 of that same year), Mr. Hall formed the Hall China Company. The company had difficulties in the beginning. Funds were tight and local competition was high (there were 20 other small local potteries at that time).

By the time a year had gone by, Mr. Hall had passed away.

A Son Steps In Then a Partner Takes Over

After his father’s passing, one of Mr. Hall’s eight children (Robert Taggert Hall), stepped in.

For pottery, single firing had been used in China during the Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368–1644). At this point in time, pottery was fired in two steps. Robert worked with staff to come up with a fire glazing process (a bisque firing), that would return firing to a one step process.

In 1911, Hall China came up with the first leadless glaze. Lead had to be removed because it couldn’t withstand the 2400 degree temperature that the new one step process used. With this new process, pieces produced were strong, smooth, non-porous, craze proof and lead free. They continued to look good over extended use.

Around 1914, a new person was added (Francis Simmers). Through the combined efforts of Robert Taggert Hall and Francis Simmers, the company remained afloat.

By 1919, Hall China was the worlds largest producer of decorated tea pots.

Unfortunately, in 1920, Robert Taggart Hall died of a heart attack.

It was in that same year (1920), that The Hall China Company began an association with the Jewel Tea company. Jewel Tea started distributing Hall China teapots as premiums.

You might be wondering what a premium is. A premium is an item that a customer could get through a redemption of coupons.

A customer would receive a determined quantity of coupons with each grocery purchases. They would collect up those coupons and through redeeming some or all of their coupons, they could choose a premium item offered through the Jewel Home Shopping Service.

Later in this post I will go into more detail about the Jewel Home Shopping Service. Also, at the bottom of this post, I have provided a link for you (in case you would like to read more on this subject).

Hall China Survived and Thrived

Despite the loss of Robert Hall and later his son Robert Taggart Hall, The Hall China company continued to thrive.

By 1927 a third plant was added.

In 1929, 23 acres were purchased in the East End of East Liverpool, Ohio and a 170,000 square foot, single level plant was built.

In 1933, the first Autumn Leaf pattern was introduced.

Way Before My Time

So much pertaining to Hall China took place before my time. All I can do for you now is show you pieces my mother purchased and pieces that I have collected in my time.

My mom loved the Autumn Leaf Pattern.

One Hall China two and one half pint Jug, "Rayed" Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1937 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Jug 2½ pint. “Rayed” – Introduced 1937 discontinued 1976

She never bought any other pattern.

Two Hall China French Bakers, four and one eighth ounce size, Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1966 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Bakers, French 4 and one eighth – Introduced 1966 discontinued 1976
Two Hall China Custard bowls, "Radiance", Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1936 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Custard, “Radiance” – Introduced 1936 discontinued 1976

She wanted to use them at breakfast for fruit….

Two Hall China fruit bowls, five and one half inch size, plus two cups with saucers, "Ruffled D" all in the Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1936 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Fruit Bowls 5½” – (back row), Introduced 1936 discontinued 1976
Cup and Saucer both Ruffled D – (front row), Introduced 1936 discontinued 1976

….and tea…

One Hall China Aladdin tea pot with an infuser, in the Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1942 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Aladdin Tea Pot (with an Infuser) – Introduced 1942 discontinued 1976

Here is the same tea pot as above, but with the Infuser (inside), under the lid.

I love the look of the Aladdin shaped tea pots.

My mom really loved the Autumn Leaf tea pots.

One Hall China "Rayed" long spout tea pot in the Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1935 and discontinued in 1942, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Tea Pot, “Rayed” Long Spout – Introduced 1935 discontinued 1942

Breakfast, lunch and dinner would be served on autumn leaf plates. Sadly, all were broken before they came to my home.

After dinner, she wanted to serve cake….

One Hall China cake plate in the Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1937 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Cake Plate – Introduced 1937 discontinued 1976

….and coffee with them.

Four Hall China conic mugs in the Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1966 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Mug, conic – Introduced 1966 discontinued 1976

Lots of coffee.

One Hall China "Rayed" eight cup coffee pot in the Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1937 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Coffee Pot 8 cup, “Rayed” – Introduced 1937 discontinued 1976

I still have all of the mixing bowls, a 9″, a 7½” and a 6″.

One Hall China Fort Pitt baker in the Autumn Leaf Pattern, introduced in 1966 and discontinued in 1976, distributed through the Jewel Tea Company.
Baker, Fort Pitt 12oz – Introduced 1966 discontinued 1976

The Jewel Tea Man

The Autumn Leaf pattern was made for the Jewel Home Shopping Service. A man driving a truck that said Jewel Home Shopping Service would drive a rout. He would go from home to home, taking and delivering customer orders.

The Jewel Tea man would take orders for those things Jewel Tea sold. That being groceries, linens, cleaning supplies (amongst other things), and Hall China. This is how my mom purchased all of her pieces.

As a kid, all I knew was these items came from the Jewel Tea Man.

Hall China stopped producing pieces for Jewel Tea in 1980.

When my mom passed away I was fortunate enough to receive all of her Hall China.

I grew up with these things. They were her treasures. I think due to the combination of me growing up with them and them being her treasures, they became my treasures both in possession and heart.

Hall China Made Refrigerator Ware and Other Things, with Other Colors and Patterns

I own only a small fraction of the items made by the Hall China Company. They made scores of cookware. They made serving pieces. They made some decanters. They made some lamps and also electric percolators. Hall China made so many things.

They even made items designed and sold for refrigerators (for liquid and food storage). The items were sold to the general public, but they were also sold as accessories for refrigerators. Items like these were built to go with General Electric, Hotpoint, Montgomery Wards, Sears and Westinghouse refrigerators.

A yellow Hall China "Ridged" covered casserole dish with a handle on top.
I was out treasure hunting on a Sunday (on Memorial Day Weekend), when I found this treasure.
The bottom of my yellow Hall China "Ridged" covered casserole dish, showing the Hall stamp along with the number 5064 and the statement "Made Exclusively for Westinghouse".
Hall produced this “Ridged” covered casserole Exclusively for Westinghouse refrigerators in the early 1940s.
The store I bought this treasure from is called the 2Cs Vendor Mall. They are located at 215 S. 1st St, St Helens, OR. I have purchased

My Favorite Hall Items are the Tea Pots

Hall China was especially famous for their tea pots.

One Hall China "Airflow Special" tea pot in the cobalt blue color with a gold flower, gold leaves, gold trim around the pot, the lid, the handle and the base.
Airflow 6 Cup Tea Pot, Cobalt Blue/Gold “Special”

I love tea pots. I also collect tea cups and their saucers.

One Hall China "Aladdin" tea pot in the color mauve with gold trim on the lid, the handle, the pot sides plus gold trim around the opening of the top of the tea pot..
Aladdin Tea Pot, Mauve/Gold

I have a large collections of tea cups and saucers. You can see some of them in my post “Collecting – Occupied Japan“).

One Hall China "Hook Lid" tea pot in the cadet blue color with a gold flower, gold leaves, gold trim around the spout, the lid, the handle and the base.
6 cup Tea Pot with Hook Lid, Cadet Blue/Gold.

These are some of the treasures I collect.

One Hall China "French Six Cup" tea pot in the color black, primarily covered with multiple gold flowers, an entirely gold spout, an entirely gold handle on the pot and the lid plus gold trim around the opening of the top of the tea pot.
French 6 Cup Tea Pot, Black/Gold

I do have a few of those, found while I was treasure hunting.

One Hall China "Aladdin" tea pot in the color yellow with gold trim on the lid, the handle, the pot sides plus gold trim around the opening of the top of the tea pot..
Aladdin Tea Pot, Yellow/Gold

Is it obvious that I love tea pots?

One Hall China "Hollywood" tea pot in the color cobalt blue with gold trim and decoration on the lid and the top edge of the tea pot, gold trim on the handle, gold trim on the spout, gold trim on the base and gold trim around the opening of the top of the tea pot.
Hollywood Tea Pot, Cobalt Blue/Gold

Do You Already Have Some Hall China, Or Would You Like to Treasure Hunt for Some?

I treasure hunt all the time. I don’t always buy something, but I get out there and look. Most of the items I have collected, I got treasure hunting. If you have read some of my other posts, you will see I collect books, crystal, china, tea cups and saucers, figurines, coins and rocks (amongst a host of other things). Oh, I may not have written anything yet about coins or rocks, but I will.

I go to thrift stores and garage sales looking for treasures. I have found treasures online too.

The yellow Aladdin tea pot actually belongs to my husband (he loves to treasure hunt with me). He saw a tea pot like it online and commented how beautiful it was. Guess what he got for Christmas.

Get Familiar With the Quality, The Look, The Feel and the Stamps of Hall China

Familiarize yourself with what Hall China pieces feel like and what stamps are supposed to look like.

There is a great book out there that you might want to get “Hall China Third Edition by Margaret & Kenn Whitmyer.

I have an earlier copy (their second edition). I turn to it every time I want to look up anything related to Hall China.

Here are some of the stamps from the bottoms of some of my pieces. These are on my Autumn Leaf pieces.

A gold stamp as seen on the bottom of my Hall China Irish Coffee Mugs stating, "Hall's Superior, then a circle in the center stating, "Tested and Approved by Mary Dunbar Jewel Homemakers institute", then Quality Kitchenware is under the circle, then an additional black stamp stating, "Hall made in U.S.A" and the number 1273 below that.
As seen on the bottom of my Autumn Leaf Irish Mugs.
A gold stamp as seen on the bottom of my Hall China Autumn Leaf Pattern "Aladdin" tea pot stating, "Hall's Superior, then a circle in the center stating, "Tested and Approved by Mary Dunbar Jewel Homemakers institute", then Quality Kitchenware is under the circle.
As seen on the bottom of my Autumn Leaf Aladdin Tea Pot.
A green stamp as seen on the bottom of my Hall China Autumn Leaf Pattern "five and one half inch fruit bowls with my Ruffled D cups and saucers stating "Superior Hall Quality Dinnerware in a circle around the following statement, "Tested and Approved by Mary Dunbar Jewel Homemakers institute", without the made in U.S.A. statement.
As seen on the bottom of my Autumn Leaf Fruit Bowls 5½” and my Cup with Saucer both Ruffled D.

These stamps are seen on a couple of my teapots that are not Autumn Leaf pieces.

A gold stamp as seen on the bottom of my Hall China "Hook Lid" tea pot, stating "Hall 0.749 6 cup made in U.S.A" and under this is an additional stamp in black, "Hall made in U.S.A".
As seen on the bottom of my Cadet Blue/ Gold Tea Pot.
A gold stamp as seen on the bottom of my husband's Hall China "Aladdin" yellow tea pot, stating "Hall 0 679.R 6 cup made in U.S.A" and under this is an additional stamp in navy blue, "Hall made in U.S.A".
As Seen on the bottom of my husband’s Yellow/Gold Aladdin Tea Pot.

From the Beginning to the End

Many pieces and a lot of time rolled by for the Hall China Company.

The beginning of Hall China was in 1903. Then there was a celebration in 2003. Hall China celebrated their 100th anniversary with the publication of a book “A Centennial History of the Hall China Company by Catherine S. Vodrey“.

In 2010, Homer Laughlin China bought The Hall China Company.

Somewhere in 2020 Steelite International purchased Homer Laughlin and Hall China.

Later in 2020 it was announced that the Hall China company would be shuttered some time in February of 2021.

Per everything I have read, that took place February 28th, 2021.

The website, http://www.hlcdinnerware/hall_china is no longer active.

Even though the company is no longer producing Hall China, you can find lots of their beautiful creations out there. Begin your treasure hunting soon!!!

My thanks to Wikipedia, the Carnegie Public Library, the National Autumn Leaf Collectors Club, Chicagology and thepotteries.org’s “Pottery Works at East Liverpool Ohio, USA”, for all of the historical information they have provided to the public on this topic.

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