Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hall's Kitchenware

Here are my pitchers again, both are Hall's. I did a little research. This was a useful site. On it I found out that my little yellow pitcher is a 5-Band small jug. This line was introduced in 1937. The red one is a ball jug, probably a #3 with an 8-9 cup capacity. These were introduced in 1938 and have been copied by many manufacturers. A Hall Ball Jug will always have a stamp.

This site was even more helpful with narrowing down when the pitchers were made. Both my stamps are pre 1970. The yellow canary color and the type of stamp on the bottom show that it was made between 1930 and 1970. The stamp on the bottom of the red pitcher shows it was made after 1932. The color narrows it down to 1937 or 1942. So, since this type of pitcher wasn't introduced until 1938 we can guess that the pitcher may have been made in 1942.

Are they worth anything? Who knows. On eBay, I found the red pitcher, although I don't know if it is the same size, bidding was starting at $9.99 and no one had bid yet (I should probably go bid, but am afraid that'd turn into an addiction.) Another pitcher was for sale for $59.99. I just like my pitchers because of the shape and color. Also, I believe they both came from one of Robby's great-aunts when they cleaned out the house. Surprisingly, I'm the only one in the family interested in pitchers. I'm probably sitting on a gold mine.

So, that's your Hall's Kitchenware history lesson for the day. The company is still in business, you can check it out here.

3 comments:

Granny Sue said...

Now this is interesting, Laura. I think mine is a Hall's, although it doesn't say so--just USA and #1. So perhaps it's a knockoff made by someone else. Who would think it takes that much effort to find out when something was made and by what company? Yet I find that again and again I'm searching for information about old dishes or whatever, and it's not so easy to identify a lot of it.

since your pitcher is a true Hall's, and in beautiful condition, I'd say it's worth at least $40 based on what I've seen lately. I got a fw books from the library to try to figure mine out. It's so much fun to browse through them and find other stuff I never thought was worth much.

Laura said...

Granny Sue,
Thanks for dropping by. I had fun looking up all of this information--unfortunately I didn't get much else accomplished those days. I guess lots of manufacturers just copied current styles.
An interesting thing about Hall's, they had refrigerator ware. If you bought a new refrigerator it would likely have a few pieces in it like a butter dish and such. That'd be a neat find.

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