Corning Ware Profile: Teapots (1960)
The P-104 (6 cup) Corning Ware teapot entered the market in 1960. An exact date of discontinuance is not known, but Shadow Iris & Pastel Bouquet are the last patterns to appear on these teapots, so they must have disappeared soon after 1986.
Date ranges pertain to the Corning Ware shapes & sizes in general; the dates of each individual pattern vary. Total so far: 22.
6 Cup Teapots (P-104):
Spice O' Life (4)*
White / Just White
(Photo above right: Pastel Bouquet P-104 teapot.)
P-104 teapots: Strawberry Sunday, Wildflower.
Less numerous are P-103 (3 cup) teapots, which first appeared about 1962. They were discontinued around 1972.
3 Cup Teapots (P-103):
* - There are four distinct pattern variations on Spice O' Life teapots. The French phrase, "Le The" may be present or absent, and in the mid-1970s the main design was altered, see more. The oldest examples are more leafy, and this aspect was trimmed back sometime before 1978. The newer version of the pattern has a more compact shape, with less greenery surrounding the edge.
** - Items with a gold-coloured Wheat pattern typically are prefixed with "W", so these teapots might be marked W-103 & W-104. This pattern was available at Bon Marche. It is not clear whether Wheat was exclusive to that retailer, but it is possible, as it seems that other stores did not advertise it. Wheat was available in 1969 & 1970, but exact starting and ending dates are not known.
P-103 teapots: Floral Bouquet & Blue Cornflower.
In 1971 & 1972 the "Garden of Teapots" offered four special P-104 teapots. Their patterns were designed by Alice Kiernan, who was also one of the designers of Spice O' Life. The Garden of Teapots includes: Bantry, Canterbury, Chelsea, Lancaster. Original packaging also dubbed them a "Partea Teapot".
Canterbury & Bantry from the Garden of Teapots. The other two patterns in the series are Chelsea, depicting blue daisies, and yellow roses are pictured on Lancaster.
A newer teapot style is a P-168 (8 cup) Designer Teapot. The pot itself is undecorated, but the lid and band are solid-coloured. There were four to choose from: Chocolate, Lemon, Cranberry, Blueberry. This type was introduced in 1983, and last available in 1985.
(Photo: Chocolate & Cranberry P-168 Designer Teapots. Image from 1985 catalogue.)
A P-210's shape is very similar to a P-168, and it was also manufactured from 1983 to 1985. But the P-210 was not meant to be a teapot, it was designed as a universal replacement carafe for all major brands of automatic drip coffee makers. It holds 10 cups and was available in plain white only. The glass knob is removable.
(Photo: P-210 ADC carafe.)
P-105 (2 Qt) Teakettle, 4 cup Beverage Server, Blue Cornflower.
When the P-105 (2 Qt) debuted in 1963, it was called a teakettle rather than a teapot, which is why its capacity is stated in quarts rather than cups. Its patterns include: Blue Cornflower, Wheat, White.
Beverage Servers in 4 cup & 8 cup sizes were introduced in 1965, and were offered in Blue Cornflower and White. Beverage Servers came with no special parts or attachments and were meant for tea, instant coffee, hot chocolate, etc.
Some items that look like teapots are really filter-drip coffee makers. One example is a P-106 (6 cup) from the mid 1970s. It was equipped with a large plastic cone that holds the paper filter and coffee grounds. A separate kettle is required for pouring boiling water into the cone. Its lid is similar to a P-104 teapot lid, but with a larger knob.
P-106 patterns include: Blue Cornflower, Country Festival, Spice O' Life (with lettering), Spice O' Life (without lettering), White, Wildflower.
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