MarshalN wrote:This is a few decades old. The second seal is "Middle lion ball" literally, 中獅球. These were made, I believe, in the collectivized factory days.
What does that mean? Didn't they use a big seal stamp then, as I've seen on pictures of other teapots?
I've found out some more information from another forum, about the maker of the teapot (from the lid stamp)!
The signature in the lid supposedly says: 朱梅芬 which run in google translate gives Zhumei Fen. A chinese person who helped me read the lid stamp gave me this link to another teapot by the same maker: http://jd.cang.com/675872.html
I did some digging of my own after that and found a list of craftsmen working in "Yixing factory number one". The list was from an article dated 1998, and the translation was of an older list I believe. One of the craftsmen had the name Zhu Mei Fen.
Here is a link to the article: http://terebess.hu/english/yixing1a.html
Is this Yixing factory number one something that matches your "collective days" statement?
Thank you for the information, by the way!