Hi Mary, Hi Dr. Webe, Hi Evelyn;
 
Mary, keep us all posted as to what Aunt Eugenia has to say about the old red teapot.  I'm saving all these email messages and am going to put together a web page documenting all the information you find out.  I think this is really neat, its just like being on Antiques Road Show and finding out something that originally cost .40 cents is now worth hundreds of dollars, wow!
 
Zach
----- Original Message -----
From: Peg Wiebe
To: Baxter Smith ; Zach And Evelyn Cox
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 7:34 PM
Subject: Re: Old Cole Teapot?

Hi Mary, Evelyn, Zack!
Your great chrome red teapot was made by Waymon Cole. It is pictured in the 1940 JB Cole catalogue where it is listed as selling for 40 cents, wholesale. Currently it is a teapot (very desirable); it is chrome red (very desirable), it is in excellent condition. It would probably sell (Don't sell it!) on ebay anywhere from $200.00 to $500.00, depending on momentary interest. You have a wonderful piece of old NC pottery.  If you have any other questions, please let me know.
Peg
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Baxter Smith
To: pegwiebe@worldnet.att.net
Cc: evelyn.com@ssa.gov
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 12:01 PM
Subject: Old Cole Teapot?

Hi Peg,
 
This is Mary Wooten, Zach's sister, the owner of the now moderately famous teapot.  Thank you for your research.  I am so pleased to be hooked up with someone who can tell me something about the pot.  I have had it since 1974 when my grandfather & grandmother's things were distributed out.  I have always loved & admired it.  I am going to send a picture of it to my aunt to see if she knows anything about how & when my grandmother got it.  I think it was considered utilitarian although I never remember my grandmother using it.  I'm fairly sure I found it in a kitchen cupboard.  I imagine it wasn't considered "worthy" of display in the dining or living rooms.  I have properly elevated it!!  It sits on my living room mantelpiece.  This is how much I admire it -- recently I had some work done to that room and I had recessed lighting put above the fireplace & painted the brick white in order to show off the pot.  For several days when I was moving the stuff back into the living room I had the teapot only on the mantel.  It looked great in a minimalist sort of way.  I may yet go back to that -- forget the other pottery & the clock!  Anyway......
 
Here are the dimensions:
 
6 1/2" tall
7" diameter at widest place
9"  handle to spout
21" circumference
 
Again, thanks for your help and interest.
 
Yours,
 
Mary Wooten Smith
If you want to know for sure, would you mind doing the measurement for height and diameter.
----- Original Message -----
From: Peg Wiebe
To: Evelyn & Zach
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: Old Cole Teapot?

Hi!
I may have found your teapot in the JB Cole catalogue from the 1940's but I need to know measurements. How tall and how wide is it?
Peg
----- Original Message -----
From: Evelyn & Zach
To: Peg Wiebe ; evelyn.cox@ssa.gov
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 7:21 AM
Subject: Old Cole Teapot?

Hi Dr Webe;
 
According to my sister Mary this teapot belonged my grandmother Cox (Nana Cox).  She does not know when Nana Cox acquired it.  However Nana Cox died in the 1960s so it probably is at least that old.  Mary only remembers that it sat on a shelf in the dining room.  Since it is red and from all I've heard you can not use red to contain anything you will drink I wonder if either the glaze is not made with the typical stuff that red glazes are made from, or is the inside treated differently.  I never remember seeing my Grandmother serving tea of any sort much less from this teapot.
 
Take a look at the pictures and see what you think.
 
Zach
 
 
 
 
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