What we show here are the different teapot shapes known for the main Torquay potteries. Unless mentioned assume the sizes to be the standard or common size, although miniature child tea sets were produced as well as giant teapots used as advertising pieces in the front window of teashops.
At first glance some of the teapots will look the same but a study of the teapot parts will show differences. These apart from deliberate style changes made at the pottery may in part be due to the different staff employed over the years and their skills.
Torquay pottery teapots may be made by hand by throwing on a wheel usually in four parts these being the body, spout, handle and lid or they may be part (spouts or handles) or completely mould made. The joining of the handle and spout required skill and expertise as did the lid when thrown to ensure a good fit taking into account the clay texture and shrinkage during firing. The sizes of the teapots varied as did the style which changed with fashions, although fashion changes were mostly reflected in the style of decoration.
Because of the high usage rate of a teapot those that were used and survived will often have chipped spouts, rims, lids and bases, so the ones to seek out will be the special prized ones kept on display or else those forgotten or neglected and pushed to the back of the cupboard for many years.
Watcombe teapot (above) in faience decorated with a jockey on a horse. Incised to reverse D.L.J. who I believe was a jockey based at Cheltenham. (David L. Jones) also incised HOME BREW IS GOOD.
Other teapot descriptions will be added later