Collectible teapots form a hobby that is extremely focused in terms of the object of desire as well as the purpose of the hobby. Collectible teapots are hardly ever used for their original purpose of manufacture, holding tea. Depending on the era they belong to and the material, collectible teapots can be quite expensive and hard to source.
Teapots have been around since 1513, when the earliest known teapot was found in China. From the 17th century onwards, teapots made of porcelain accompanied tea that was exported out of China and into Europe. Most of these teapots were blue with a white under-glaze. Tea drinking was considered to be a thing for the rich in Europe as porcelain teapots weren't made in Europe at the time, and were very expensive. Slowly, with time, manufacturers began making porcelain and created teapots of their own. Today, teapots can be found in all shapes & sizes and while porcelain is still considered the original form, steel and other materials are also used quite frequently by commercial manufacturers.
Finding a rare collectible teapot isn't difficult with a number of books and the Internet showing you the way. What is difficult is that finding genuine sellers and teapots is a tedious process. You, in your journey to increase your collection, will come across a number of people who might be looking to pass off fakes or originals at higher costs. Any price guide can help you make out the difference while also telling you as to how the product needs to be valued.
Once you have your collectible teapot, it is vital to keep them clean to maintain their value. If you want to store them away safely, then find a strong box and get tiny Styrofoam balls to surround your teapot and prevent any damage from sudden jerks or bumps.
The Value of collectible Teapots
A collectible teapot will vary in value depending on the manufacturer, the material, the design on the teapot as well as the condition of the teapot. Small cracks on the surface of the teapot can be considered passable but any chips or major cracks can render the teapot useless in terms of the value. Running your hand around the lid and edge of the teapot will help you find irregularities in the pot including small chips and cracks.
It is always an adventure when it comes to looking for that rare teapot or taking care of one. Whether you are just collecting teapots based on a theme or simply for display in your own home, collectible teapots are a fine hobby.