Do you remember this china pattern? It is called Autumn Leaf pottery produced by the Hall Pottery Company in Liverpool, Ohio.
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Hall China Co.’s Manufacturing Process
On August 14, 1903, Robert Hall founded The Hall China Company, East Liverpool, Ohio. The company stared with institutional products for hospitals such as combinets, bedpans, mugs and jugs and in 1908 added dinnerware to the line.
Robert Taggart Hall, the son, took over the business after his father’s death. He immediately put all of his efforts into a new, single fire development process. The basis of the technique actually developed during the Ming Dynasty in the mid-16th century but Hall’s process used contemporary equipment.
The advantage of single firing allowed a fusion of the basic material, the color and glaze all fired at a temperature of 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The result was a strong product that resisted crazing and was non porous.
Another added bonus (as we know it today) is the lead free quality of the china. Because lead could not be processed at the high temperatures, the element was excluded from all of the kitchenware. An early environmentally correct process developed unintentionally. source
Hall Autumn Leaf Pottery Pattern
Jewel Tea Company
The directors of Hall China made a decision to associate with the Jewel Tea Company in the mid-1920’s. Hall produced an exclusive line of dinnerware for them. Jewel started using Hall teapots as premiums, and new pieces were introduced by Hall China for Jewel until 1980.
Hall Co. Today
continues to operate in Liverpool, Ohio and produces wares for food service and retail customers. The company has reissued many of its earlier designs, including some that had previously been considered rare, marked differently so help collectors identify original pieces.
Hall China celebrated its 100th birthday in 2003.
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