Mary Lira holds her Dachshund teapot and her cat teapot as she shows off part of her teapot collection Friday in her Loveland, Colorado home for the Reporter Herald. While she has over 400 teapots in her collection, the Dachshund is her favorite, of course:
Lira's favorite teapot is in the entertainment center, a dachshund on its hind legs, strategically placed across from a cat also upright on two paws.
That teapot reminds her of her beloved Fritz, her pet dachshund who died at age 7 in the mid-1960s.
The Dachshund Teapot, circa 1940's, probably German, and usually stamped with 'Erphila', can be found on internet auction sites with prices ranging from $50 to $200. Our Dad has one - it's nice, but he thinks it looks a little too Beagle-ish, especially from this view. What do you think?
An interesting note about the Erphila mark - it's not a maker, but an importer's mark according to Kovels: Erphila is a mark found on Czechoslovakian and other pottery and porcelain made after 1920. This mark was used on items imported by Ebeling & Reuss of Philadelphia, a giftware firm that was founded in 1866 and out of buisness sometime after 2002. The mark is a combination of the letters E and R (Ebeling & Reuss) and the first letters of the city, Phila(delphia).