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The most famous pattern of them all!  warmerbase-autumnleaf-teapot.JPG (53188 bytes)

Autumn             Leaf                                                                                                   History-

Jewel Tea was at one time the sixth largest retailer in the country.  In the days when housewives did not drive and much of America lived in semi-rural areas, the "Jewel Man" with his delivery wagon of coffee, tea, spices, grocery and household items was a very welcome caller.   The Jewel Company, like many coffee and tea home delivery services, offered premiums to their customers to thank them for their patronage.  And one of the most popular premiums was the pattern made exclusively for them by Hall China Company, a stylized design of orange, browns and yellows, made elegant by the gold rims adorning each piece.   In America of the 1930's and 40's, the budget might not have allowed for anything more than necessities like groceries, but if a family drank enough tea and coffee, they could amass a full dinnerware service of the Autumn Leaf pattern.  

The pattern proved so popular than when Americans became more prosperous in the 40's and 50's, people choose to purchase Autumn Leaf dinnerware rather than wait to accumulate it slowly through premium gifts.  Each season, Jewel Tea would bring out new items, and discontinue others to keep the selection fresh and collector's interest high.  Because of this changing assortment, no one ever had a "complete collection" unless they continued to buy the new items.   

Housewives however, had moved to cities and suburbs and now drove, many of them to careers of their own, and buying groceries from the Jewel Man was now replaced by going to the Jewel Grocery store (still the dominant chain in the Chicago area).  Alas, the Jewel Tea Home Shopping Service discontinued the dinnerware in 1978.  Autumn Leaf, always collectible, was only available in the secondary market.  In 1990, China Specialties contracted with Hall China to reintroduce this beloved pattern on a series of limited edition collectibles on shapes never before made in Autumn Leaf.  

t-airflow-autumn-leaf.JPG (47042 bytes) The first item was the famous Hall China teapot shape the Airflow pictured at right.  It was met with incredible success as collectors scrambled to add this historic piece to their collections, and each season China Specialties has offered Autumn Leaf collectors a new and exciting piece.

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This page is still under construction

We will soon have our full line of items available pictured. 

Until then, we encourage you to write us for an order form listing the prices of all the items in this pattern which can be ordered from us. Please mention in your request which patterns you are interested in and give us your actual MAILING address, as all of our order forms and price lists are hard copy and are mailed to you by regular mail.  .You may email us at china_specialties@msn.com or write us at

China Specialties, Inc.

P.O. Box 361280

Strongsville, OH 44136

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiesta is a trademark of the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, WV. Hall China is a trademark of the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, OH. The "Jewel T" logo in a circle is a trademark of the JTHF of Barrington IL. China Specialties, Inc. , Columbia China Co. and HotOven China are trademarks of China Specialties, Inc. Cat-tail, Sunporch, Mexicana, Lu-Ray Pastels, Starburst, Moon Over Miami, Raymor, Maverick Menagerie, Red Poppy, California Mobile, Silhouette, Orange Poppy, Crocus, Corky the Pig, Blue Bouquet, and Gamebird when used for tableware and accessories are trademarks of China Specialties, Inc. The Autumn Leaf Decal name and design are copyrighted trademarks of C.D.O. of East Liverpool, OH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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