The Antiquarians were delighted when they found this large, lavishly gilded and etched teapot produced by the Wheeling Decorating Company of West Virginia. It is in perfect condition, with no nicks, chips, cracks or wear to the gilding. In fact, this lovely teapot looks as if it were never used! Decorated in Wheeling pattern D-11, "Doves, Roses and Daisies", this majestic teapot stands approximately 8-1/2" in height, and measures approximately 10-3/8" from the end of its handle to the tip of its spout. Our tea pot stands on an oval pedestal base that measures 4" by 3-1/4". There is an egg and dart design on the pedestal, the top rim of the teapot, and around the rim of the lid. The teapot's handle swells from the base of the pot and merges into the top of the pot in a lovely acanthus leaf design. On the bottom of the pot is the company backstamp, the horizontal diamond with "WHEELING DEC. CO. W. VA." printed inside the diamond. The interior of both the pot and lid is ivory, clean and unmarred. We believe that this pot was produced during the 1930's, or possibly the 1940's. We love the bright gilding and elaborate etched designs on this pot -- and we know that you will, too! Please see our photographs for confirmation of condition and design, but please note that this sale is for the teapot only.
BRIEF HISTORY: The Wheeling Decorating Company of Wheeling, West Virginia, was one of the outstanding companies that decorated china, pottery and porcelain during the first half of the 20th century. The Wheeling Decorating Glass Company, which operated from 1869 to 1962,decorated glass, china, pottery and porcelain with their trademark gold leafing. The company, often referred to as WDCO, purchased blanks from companies around the world including Cambridge, Central Glass, Fenton, Fostoria, Homer Laughlin, Lenox and many more, and then decorated them with elaborate etchings and gilded designs. The wide range of designs used by Wheeling is the work of a team of skilled craftsmen who sometimes added the Wheeling logo to their pieces, but who often did not. As with porcelain and pottery, WDCO did not produce any glass, but decorated glass for elegant glass makers such as Duncan-Miller and Heisey. A large body of the Wheeling Decorating work was in the church plate industry, and church plates are often marked with a horizontal diamond logo or a stamp with "Wheeling Decorating Co." in writing. Decorated glass is much more difficult to identify, as it was not marked.