I am pleased to see the pictures of your lovely teapot. In the first half of the 19th century, the practice was widespread in the potteries to add a tint of cobalt to the glaze in order to make the body look whiter. I'm sure that your pot has a bluish glaze -- not blue haze. It certainly does appear to have a nice white body. When cobalt dust was present in those old drafty, dirty factories, sometimes, unintentionally a bit would occasionally be put from a hand to a pot. I think that may have happened on the side and the spout of your teapot. I have a plate in my collection that has pale blue "finger prints" on the underside of the plate from a hand with a bit of cobalt on it. For many collectors, this sort of thing makes the pot more interesting. It is far more amazing to me that so many gorgeous "perfect" pots came out of those old bottle ovens belching black smoke into the skies around the potteries. Enjoy!
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