ENGLISH WHITE IRONSTONE Antique Teapot Circa Pre-1890
Beautiful EARLY IRONSTONE TEAPOT or CHOCOLATE POT by J & G Meakin of Staffordshire, England.
The antique teapot is stamped with an early trademark, which features the Royal Arms with a lion couchant (lion lying down with head raised). The mark dates the piece pre-1890 as by 1890 the J & G Meakin mark was transitioning to include the lion rampant and the location of the pottery (e.g. England, Hanley, Eastwood Works).
The plain pattern teapot has no embellishments, other than a ring finial on the lid. In Jean Weatherbee's book, Second Look at White Ironstone, she shows J & G Meakin using this simple shaped teapot in its lines produced in the 1870s & 1880s.The teapot measures approximately:
- 8" high without the lid
- 9 ¾” high with the lid
- 8 ¾” high handle to spout
The plain pattern teapot has no embellishments, other than a ring finial on the lid. In Jean Weatherbee's book, Second Look at White Ironstone, she shows J & G Meakin using this simple shaped teapot in its lines produced in the 1870s & 1880s.
The piece is in wonderful condition with no cracks, crazing or stains. A real show piece!
About J & G Meakin Pottery: James and George Meakin, sons of James Meakin of Hanley were master potters who opened a pottery firm in 1851 to produce a "uniform hard white earthenware," called granite. The pottery was made to be serviceable, plain and inexpensive. With the close of the American Civil War, James, a keen businessman saw opportunities as an importer to the Americas. Within a decade, J & G Meakin had nearly monopolized the ironstone china trade of the United States.
James Meakin passed on the trade of master potter not only to his sons James and George, but to his son-in-law, Robert Johnson, whose sons Henry, Robert and Fred founded Johnson Brothers, his son Alfred Meakin of Albert Works in Tunstall, his son Charles Meakin of Joiners Square, and his son William Meakin who worked with his brothers, James and George at Eagle Works.
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