It isn't surprising that as a "material culturist" I like things. I used to go to auctions regularly with friends in Connecticut. In the late 1980s, I found this luster decorated teapot dumped somewhat sadly which a much nicer piece, an English white salt glaze stoneware teapot dating to about 1790. It was a slow night at the auction, and I bought the box lot for $35.00. I was after the saltglaze....but this one intrigued me.
Its shape is a little unusual. I haven't seen many like it. It is English and dates to about 1830. But that isn't why I am interested in it. You can see the chunk out of the bottom portion (I have the piece) but this fell out later. It is one beaten up piece.
Why was this pot so special? Why was it saved? Was it a gift and it was mended to remember the giver? Was it a husband or child who put too much hot water into a cold pot and then felt so much remorse that they had it mended?
If only pots could talk!