I bought a teapot....... Just a teapot....... An old one, and kind of unusual. I had to find out about the maker's mark, and thus began a wonderful journey! 15 years later, and I now have over 250 ALB teapots. Not to mention a couple of coffee pots, a tankard, milk jugs, sugar bowls, and a plate. Little by little, more people are being enticed by these lovely teapots, and starting collections of their own. This blog was set up so that all ALB lovers could have a place to meet, share photos, ask questions, and in general get to know each other and share their appreciation for these lovely teapots. If you leave a question, please be kind enough to leave an email address, so someone may send you an answer!

So come on in, sit down, have a "cuppa", and enjoy.


Saturday, May 24, 2008


OK, all you ALB lovers out there. I said I would do it, and I did. The Collector's Guide is now available for purchase. If you would like to get an idea of what info is in the guide, as well as how it is laid out, check it out here: Alcock, Lindley and Bloore Collector's Guide. You can also access PayPal from this page, and get information on other forms of payment.

I sent a copy to Linda of "Handle and Spout", and she was very generous with her compliments. It is a light-hearted look at how I got started, why I love these teapots, extended info on the parent company (Swinnerton's Ltd), maker's marks, detailed indentification of ALB teapots, LOTS of full color photos and more.

I do have a bit more information to add, along with some photos, but as each one will be printed to order, they will be up-to-date with as much information as I have available. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: albteapots@aol.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Getting On With It

Well, I've been working on the guide, and it's coming along nicely. Now all I have to figure out is how to bind it, so it looks good and stays together! Best be getting on with it, as soon I'll be doing my "real" job of prepping horses for sale. For those of you who don't know, I raise Thoroughbreds. I'm what's known as "horse poor". Plenty of horses, no moolah. Probably cause I spend too much on teapots! (Ya think??)

Horses are so great. And always something going on. Like, say, I wake up the other morning, the dogs are going nuts, and I see a horse where she doesn't belong. On the wrong side of the fence, in the neighbor's yard. Oh, yeah, she broke the gate off the hinges and went for a constitutional. And took her buddy with her. Guess they got the idea from the yearling fillies after they crashed through the fence!! Never a dull moment. You can check out a bit about the farm, and see an awesome video here: Classiebawn Farm The video was made at the Parelli Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. If you love horses, you gotta watch it! OK, I've managed to get completely off the subject of teapots, but horses are my "other" passion, so you'll have to excuse me if I digress once in a while.

The "Collector's Guide" will be ready shortly, and I'll post it on the website. I'm waiting for some info from Staffordshire and have some more photos to add, but that shouldn't take too long. There is still time for submissions, so feel free to send anything you think would make the guide more interesting or helpful to collectors.

Guess that's enough for now. Maybe we'll talk animals next time. Just for a change, and because I just LOVE animals!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Alcock, Lindley and Bloore Collector's Guide

Well, last night, I put pen to paper........ OK, fingers to keyboard...........and started the book. If I keep at a steady pace, I'm thinking it will take a month to six weeks to finish. Once it is complete, it will be available for purchase on the website. There will be a short history of how I got started collecting, which I hope will be informative and entertaining, along with history of the ALB Pottery, how to brew a proper pot of tea, some patent information to help date any ALB teapots with patent numbers, lots and lots of photos and more. I am still open to suggestions of anything collectors would like added, or for submissions from other collectors. Let me hear from you!

Sheri (The Teapot Queen)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Mission Accomplished

Well, after spending a week going through boxes, (and finding treasures I had forgotten about) I think my mission is pretty well accomplished. As far the website, anyway. Now that I've managed to get ALL of them out, next task is to pack up all the duplicates, and put them away for safe keeping! What have I gotten myself into??? Those fancy maze gardens in England have nothing on me. I have one made out of teapots! And it's in my living room. Maybe I should leave them there and sell tickets.........hmmm.......

OK, I need some feedback on a project. I am putting together a book on Alcock, Lindley and Bloore teapots. All you ALB collectors out there, tell me what you think. Good idea? Bad idea? Not sure? Would any of you be willing to contribute? A short article telling how you got started collecting, and why. What kind of information would you like to see? Basic info on market prices? Insurance values? Or more of a design and style book, without pricing. I'm going to do this, so you may as well get your "two cents worth" in. Leave your ideas here, or email me. Naturally, anyone who contributes will get full credit.

Guess I better get back to packing teapots, or they might start multiplying!