Without further ado, here is a piece I have been seeking for some time... a vintage Melitta coffee or tea pot!
The first time I saw this piece, it was through a window at a thrift shop that reserves special items for a monthly auction. It was a complete set with the matching ceramic filter, but the bidding was already past $60 by the time I came along.
The mint green colour and simple style caught my eye at the time, and I have since had this on my thrift wish list. Melitta is a German company founded in 1908 with the invention of the drip-brew paper coffee filter. Melitta is actually the name of the woman who came up with the invention, then became an entrepreneur who started the business.
The spout has an interesting hole with a ridge leading back into the pot. Apparently this is a feature of Melitta ceramic coffee pots that makes the spout drip-proof. It is actually quite clever; I suppose it guides the liquid back down the spout.
The interior of the pot is glazed and glossy. Even though it is missing the matching ceramic filter cone holder that sits on top of the pot (in place of the lid when making coffee), it's in great shape and can be used as a teapot.
The underside of the pot is unglazed; I have seen a vintage Melitta with an original label reading: "Caution - Never put coffee pot on direct heat! Always use asbestos plate between source of heat and your coffee pot." You won't find me putting this piece on the stovetop, that's for sure.
Interesting tidbit... This teapot is unmarked except for the faded Melitta label shown above. You see, the topper drip cone was embossed with the brand as part of the set, so a permanent marking on the pot itself was unnecessary. The $5 price sticker at the Salvation Army was placed OVER the Melitta label!! I actually believe this is the only reason we were able to come along and find this little treasure before someone else snatched it up. =)
Linking up to ATG's Thrift Share Monday!
UPDATE: I just found another vintage Melitta pot in a buttery yellow colour! Read all about it here!