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Hall China - Water Pitchers

Updated on June 12, 2015
Note the pitcher on the right lower shelf on this old kitchen storage unit (called a Hoosier cabinet).
Note the pitcher on the right lower shelf on this old kitchen storage unit (called a Hoosier cabinet). | Source

Do You Collect Hall China Water Pitchers?

The retro look of Hall China is classic. In particular, the water pitchers appealed to me. Their sleek lines and range of colors give the collector a variety to search for.

They look marvelous displayed on open shelves in a kitchen. I show off mine across the cabinet tops. They add a nice punch of color that draws the eye upward.

I assembled my collection the hard way, attending flea markets and auctions across Maryland and Pennsylvania in the 1970s and 80s. It's a lot easier now. Take a look at the pretty vintage Hall China pitchers I've assembled here for you to browse.


Some Refrigerators Came with the Hall Water Pitcher Inside - as a bonus

A typical graphic for a 1950s refrigerator advertisement. Love the apron and the happy housewife.
A typical graphic for a 1950s refrigerator advertisement. Love the apron and the happy housewife. | Source

Why the Nostalgia?

Part of the appeal for collectors of Hall China is the memories these bring up of the 1940s and 1950s. It's a link back to the days when housewives wearing aprons made pitchers of Kool-Aid or lemonade for a house full of active children.


Zazzle graphic available on post cards: Vintage Retro Women 50s Kitchen Full Refrigerator Post Cards by superiorwomen.

My Collection

I display the pitchers on my cabinet tops in the kitchen.
I display the pitchers on my cabinet tops in the kitchen. | Source
This display makes use of wasted space and serves to decorate my kitchen. I don't actually use the pitchers for fear of breaking one. I'd be devastated to lose one.
This display makes use of wasted space and serves to decorate my kitchen. I don't actually use the pitchers for fear of breaking one. I'd be devastated to lose one.

More about the Water Pitchers

The 3 pitchers to the left of the basket of sunflowers are Nora pictures (made by Hall China).

  • They date from around 1955.
  • They came with and without china lids.
  • They were sold in Hall's general line and also available in a premium line for McCormick Tea in their lidless form.
  • The colors commonly seen are green, light blue, yellow.

Collectors Encyclopedia of Hall China, 3rd Edition - by Margaret Whitmyer and Kenn Whitmyer

Collectors Encyclopedia of Hall China, 3rd Edition
Collectors Encyclopedia of Hall China, 3rd Edition

This collector's guide has something for everyone.

Learn the history of the Hall China Company.

Identify the Hall China that you've collected.

Get an idea of it's value.

Every collector of Hall china needs this book.

 

Learn about the History of Hall China

This was before the day of Tupperware and before refrigerators dispensed ice and cold water. Food was stored in china dishes with covers like Hall made and cold water came from a pitcher kept in the fridge.
This was before the day of Tupperware and before refrigerators dispensed ice and cold water. Food was stored in china dishes with covers like Hall made and cold water came from a pitcher kept in the fridge. | Source

Another post card from Zazzle that features a vintage refrigerator: Vintage Retro Women 50s Kitchen Refrigerator Post Card by seemonkee

An Example of Hall China Included as a Giveaway with a Refrigerator Purchase

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Hall China Water Pitchers Available on eBay

I own one of the Westinghouse pitchers and one of the Coldspot pitchers. Get your bid in before the deadline.

GE (General Electric) was another refrigerator company that commissioned Hall pitchers to go with its machines.

Art Deco Styling - Hall China Pitcher

Isn't this one delightful! The art deco styling from the early part of the 1900s is very sleek and sculptural. I have one of these with a tiny chip where the lid goes. Sometimes I display it with flowers in it.

Video of Art Deco Pitcher

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Besides the Pitchers, Hall China Made Refrigerator Dishes Like This One - Vintage Hall China Company Coldspot Refrigerator Dish - Blue

VINTAGE HALL CHINA CO. COLDSPOT REFRIGERATOR DISH - BLUE 6" x 3 3/4" x 3 1/4"
VINTAGE HALL CHINA CO. COLDSPOT REFRIGERATOR DISH - BLUE 6" x 3 3/4" x 3 1/4"

On the bottom it says Coldspot Vitrified China by the Hall China Co. I love this shade of blue.

 

Kinds of Hall Water Pitchers (not a complete listing)

Name of Pitcher
Colors
Height
Description
General
blue
8 inches tall
refrigerator ware, for Westinghouse circa 1940's era. Art deco styling, ridges around the upper half.
Ball
lettuce green, marine blue, Chinese red, yellow,
7 1/2 inches tall
Round like the Kook-Aid pitcher in ads
Nora
light turquoise, yellow, pink, gray, dark green
8 1/4 inches tall
Has lid, sleek, curved styling with 2 ridges that follow the curve below the handle.
Westinghouse
cobalt blue
 
Arrowhead shaped lid. Ridges around lower part of the pitcher
GE
 
 
 
Riviera
 
 
 
Montgomery Ward
blue
 
Has lid. Base has vertical ridges
Donut
 
 
Round with hole through the center
Go to the bottom of this page to see examples of these.

Autumn Leaf Patterned Water Pitchers Made by Hall China Company - Find a bargain on eBay

I personally prefer the plain colors over the patterned ones for the water pitchers. This Autumn Leaf is quite popular though, so I'm including it here. Many collectors specialize in a certain pattern like Autumn leaf or a certain type of china (like I collect the water pitchers).

Then there are some insatiable collectors who buy every pieces they can afford and go to the Hall China annual convention to find even more.

Other Kitchen Collectibles

It's fun to decorate your kitchen with retro or vintage collectibles. Besides the pitchers, I have lots of Tindeco tins. I show a few of these in the kitchen, but the collection is too large to feature all of them.

'50s, '60, & '70s Kitchen Collectibles

50s, '60s, & '70s Kitchen Collectibles (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
50s, '60s, & '70s Kitchen Collectibles (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

If you collect Hall China, it's likely that you are attracted to other kitchen collectibles from the 1950s through the 1970s. This book will be a real nostalgia trip.

 

Another Kitchen Collectible for You to Collect

These vintage spice tins appeal to me.
These vintage spice tins appeal to me. | Source

Example of Displaying Vintage Collectibles in the Kitchen

This was my kitchen when I lived in Baltimore. The Hoosier cabinet and vintage bread signs made of metal were great accessories for my Hall China collection.
This was my kitchen when I lived in Baltimore. The Hoosier cabinet and vintage bread signs made of metal were great accessories for my Hall China collection. | Source

If You Love Hall China Water Pitchers, - You'll Have Fun on eBay

I find eBay is like thousands of yard sales all pulled together for your viewing pleasure. Check out the selection there. Choose some auctions to watch. You might get a super good price. Best of luck to you in your bidding.

Join Other Collectors to Share Information

Example of the sharing on the Facebook group of collectors.
Example of the sharing on the Facebook group of collectors. | Source

© 2013 Virginia Allain

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I've seen many Hall China pieces and love the Autumn Leaf design. I love your choices to show here.

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