In 1903 Robert Hall founded the Hall China Company in East Liverpool, Ohio. Taggert Hall, his son, became president following Robert’s death in 1904. The company initially made jugs, toilet sets, and utilitarian whiteware. Robert T. Hall’s major contribution to the firm’s growth was the development of an economical, single-fire process for lead-free glazed ware.
Hall acquired a new plant in 1930. In 1933 the Autumn Leaf pattern was introduced as a premium for the Jewel Tea Company. Other premium patterns include Blue Bonnett (Standard Coffee Company), Orange Poppy (Great American Tea Company), and Red Poppy (Grand Union Tea Company).The company launched a decal-decorated dinnerware line in 1933. Hall’s refrigerator ware was marketed to the general public along with specific patterns and shapes manufactured for General Electric, Hotpoint, Montgomery Ward, Sears, and Westinghouse.Hall made a full range of products, from dinnerware to utilitarian kitchenware. Its figural teapots in the shape of Aladdin lamps, automobiles, etc., are eagerly sought by collectors.
Reference: Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer, “The Collector’s Encyclopedia of HallChina,” Second Edition, Collector Books, 1994, 1997 value update.
by Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”
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