James Sadler and Sons Ltd

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Sadler "Brown Betty" teapots.
Sadler racing car teapot 1930's.

James Sadler and Sons Ltd was a pottery manufacturer originally founded in 1882 by James Sadler in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom.[1]

History[edit]

The company specialised in "Brown Betty" teapots. Early versions were made with Terracotta clay and a transparent glaze, using the jigger and jolley method, later they were slipcast from white earthenware clay and glazed with a Rockingham brown glaze.[1] They began making novelty shaped teapots in the 1930s, Crinoline ladies, a father Christmas teapot and, in 1938, the iconic racing car teapot, followed by a tank with "Old Bill" as the lid in 1947.[2] The early pre war racing car teapots were usually decorated with silver lustre and are marked ‘Made In England’ with the design registration number 820236’ impressed on the base. They were glazed in green, yellow, cream, black, blue, grey, pink, and maroon. The license plate reads "OKT42".[3] There is also a version decorated with Mabel Lucie Attwell cartoon characters.[4]

In 1999 the product line was cut from 850 to just 340 and some production was outsourced overseas.[5]

In April 2000 the company went into receivership and Churchill China purchased the right to use the company's brand name and designs.[1] Peter Sadler sparked controversy by blaming his company's failure on cheap foreign imports.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "J Sadler & Son (James, and sons Ltd)". Thepotteries.org. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  2. ^ Bramah, Edward Novelty teapots : 500 years of art and design Quiller Press, 1992
  3. ^ "Sadler Racing Car Teapots OKT42". motorbookcase.com. 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mabel Lucy Attwell". www.teapotworld.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Stanistreet Andy (1999-02-17). "The Sentinel". Retrieved 25 November 2013.