Posted 7 years ago
Seems like it's back into the doldrums again for the thrifts. Few donations in the winter and shelves are just full of basically junk, but I did find this little teapot. It was marked Pristine England on the bottom so I bought it. At least I wouldn't go home empty handed. I was surprised to learn that "Pristine" English teapots are quite prized. They have been out of business for over 10 years now since the influx of cheap imports which eventually forced them into bankruptcy. This one is done in a slate grey satin finish and holds 3-4 cups. There are larger sizes as well and a wide range of colors. Nice condition too ! -Mike-
Pristine Pottery Company History:
Pristine Works, Hurst St Longton
Pristine was a unique English pottery. They made almost exclusively teaware: teapots, creamer and sugar sets, milk jugs, tea tidies, and teacups. What made them unique was the near perfect classic shape, the range of sizes (five sizes from 12 to 60 ounces), and more than 20 incredible colors.
So what happened? China got ‘em. The English started buying cheap Chinese teapots and at the same time regulated the English potteries into the poorhouse. With rising costs and falling sales, consolidations started. Arthur Wood, one of the larger potteries, bought several smaller potteries including Pristine. However, they were not to be saved either. Within a year Arthur Wood filed bankruptcy and everything closed.