Though sterling-silver serving pieces were available in the United States, many people could not afford them. To imitate fine silver, British potteries began making pieces like this lusterware coffeepot in the early nineteenth century. It is made of clay that has been fired and then refired with a glaze containing platinum salts. Lusterware remained popular until the mid-nineteenth century when electroplating allowed manufacturers to bond a thin layer of silver over a cheaper metal.
Made in England
Earthenware, metallic glaze
Gift of Dorothy McCumber Estate, Lewistown, IL (745950)
© Illinois State Museum 31-Dec-96