That’s right–we are off today, and I needed some self-care. Since I completed the tea cup/tea series, I have been thinking about teapots, and creamers, and sugar bowls. I collected tea pots for quite a while after Mom gave me her vintage tea pot featured in an earlier post. Many years ago, one of our friends went to empty trash into the dumpster one night and found a large stash of teapots had been thrown in the dumpster behind a Chinese restaurant and rescued one for me.
After hours of diligently searching, I find it is the H. F. Coors Company “Chefsware” line of restaurant dishes. It was marketed as an individual serve teapot. Both Hall China and McNicol manufactured similar designs. The difference is the Chefsware has a lid stop on the rim, and Hall’s does not. It has a stamp on the bottom which is too worn to be clearly legible. All of the manufacturers during that time period used several varieties of both impressions and stamps. I came into possession of it in 1977 or 78.
The restaurant was in downtown Abilene, and a search in the newspaper archives indicates the restaurant at that location was opened in 1976, and in fall of 1977 was re-opened after being remodeled. It is possible during the remodeling that the teapots were discarded in favor of a newer design, possibly one of the stainless steel models that might have been thought to keep the tea (or water) hot longer. The archives end in 1977 for Abilene, but the restaurant has remained in business, although moved to another location at some point.