This month, we’re showcasing a huge variety of items in the gorgeous Autumn Leaf pattern, the most popular pattern ever produced by Hall China. Our inventory features a vast array of pieces in Autumn Leaf, including cup & saucer sets, tureens, teapots, fondue sets, cookie jars, vases, and much, much more! What a perfect pattern for fall!
Hall China was founded in 1903 by John W. Hall, Charles Hall, and Robert Hall in East Liverpool, Ohio. At first, the new company primarily produced pitchers and other pieces, mainly for use in hotels. The new company faced difficulties early on with competition from the many surrounding area potteries, and their problems were compounded by John W. Hall’s death in 1903, followed by Robert Hall’s death in 1904. Robert’s son, Robert Taggart Hall, assumed control of the company after his father’s death, and almost immediately began to experiment with new manufacturing techniques that would give the company a competitive advantage.
When World War I prevented European pottery companies from supplying the American market, American companies like Hall expanded to meet the new demand. Hall’s single-fired, non-absorbent, and odor-free products like steam-table inserts, teapots, and casseroles quickly gained a reputation among the hotel and food service industries for being high-quality, durable items. Even after European companies resumed production after the war, many businesses remained loyal to the more expensive Hall products. Around 1917, Hall began adding gold decorations to previously unadorned pieces such as teapots. These gold-decorated teapots became so popular in the 1920s that Hall expanded its production to include many different teapot shapes and colors. As production boomed, the company explored decorating its wares with renewed vigor. It was around this time that Hall began producing pieces as “premiums.” To stay competitive during the Great Depression, many companies began offering free items included with the purchase of a product. China and glassware were popular premium items offered by many companies. Hall’s products were used as premiums for such companies as Cook Coffee Company, Enterprise Aluminum Company, McCormick Tea Company, Lipton Tea Company, and others, including the Jewel Tea Company. Hall first began supplying teapots as premiums with the Jewel Tea Company in the 1920s. In 1933, Hall began producing a large 9-inch mixing bowl decorated with the Autumn Leaf pattern as a Jewel Tea premium. Later that year, Hall added two smaller Autumn Leaf bowls to create a three-piece utility set.
The "Autumn Leaf" design is believed to have been created by artist Arden Richards, but didn’t have an official name until the 1940s (the pattern was referred to simply as “Hall,” “Jewel,” or “Autumnal” until that time). The Autumn Leaf decal was originally produced in the 1920s and 1930s for many different dinnerware manufacturers, but became exclusive to Jewel Tea with Hall’s Autumn Leaf pieces in 1933. Autumn Leaf china was originally distributed with Jewel Tea products like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, linens, baking powder, coffee, and many other household products, and could only be purchased through an authorized Jewel Tea route-person. Autumn Leaf became hugely popular for a number of reasons. The pattern was attractive and elegant, but the quality of the pieces made them ideal for everyday use. Hall also added new Autumn Leaf items regularly (many with short production runs), which kept Jewel Tea customers interested in getting these newer pieces. The exclusivity of Jewel Tea "Autumn Leaf" products also enticed customers to remain loyal to the brand. Today, Hall China’s Autumn Leaf pieces are highly sought by collectors.
As you can see, Autumn Leaf is the perfect pattern to augment your existing tableware for fall and Thanksgiving entertaining! Pieces and sets from this pattern are also lovely wedding, anniversary, or housewarming gifts. Start at the link below to browse and order these wonderful pieces from Hall China.
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