So you want to start collecting little girl teapots?
Because of the absolute romantic essence of tea time and the increased awareness of teas, teapot collecting has grown so much over the past few years in popularity.
The types, colors, and brands of teapots to start or add to a collection are endless.
Therefore, the first thing you should decide on is whether you want to collect antique or vintage girl teapots, newer models of teapots, a specific kind of teapots such as James Sadler, teapots of a particular material such as sterling or china, a particular category of vintage as in advertising teapots, or a little of anything and everything that suits your fancy.
A collection is a personal thing; there are no rules of categorizing your choices you need to adhere to.
If you are looking to collect teapots as an investment venture, then that takes on a new aspect to collecting. The first thing you need to do is research. Visit your library for books on collectible teapots, companies, and marks.
The mark is a special engraving, stamping, painting, or seal placed on a piece to identify the maker such as Shawnee or McCoy, who imprints Shawnee or McCoy in the bottom of all their pottery. Those are rather simple ones.
But identifying many of the silversmith, ceramic, porcelain, and china maker marks can be quite a daunting hunt and very evasive.
Again, do your research and actually the detective in you just may come out to where it is a most enjoyable game. You can acquire quite a bit of knowledge from informative sites on the internet. Pair your obtained knowledge with pricing and other information from antique dealers and auctions.
The uniqueness of teapots is that they are a collectible, yet functional item that borders between art and décor. That fact makes for a wide range of possibilities for your collection. Prices for a new teapot to add to your collection generally will range from $20 to $500. However, many ceramic artists have taken an interest in creating teapots and those one of a kind pieces usually command a much higher price tag.
A good sign that a piece is or will be of collectible value is when the market is flooded with cheap knock offs. These will show up mainly in department stores for a very reasonable price.
The value of vintage collectibles is not only based on the company or individual who produced it along with its age and rarity, but also on the condition of the piece.
If you are reasonably convinced that a teapot is authentic and is priced according to its value, your next step is to thoroughly examine the piece. Hairline cracks, flea bites, faded color and missing pieces will greatly depreciate the value of a collectible.
Some newbie collectors who are on limited budgets to invest in their hobby will purchase one valuable piece to be the star of the collection. Then they will surround that piece with interesting and lovely less valuable pieces.
Once your collection is on its way, consider branching out to cups and saucers, serving sets and trays, and even tea cosies. Above all else enjoy your passion for teapots.