About Luster Ware

There are 4 principal classes: copper or brown, silver or platinum, gold, pink or purple. Luster ware was made by applying a metallic solution to the surface of a piece of pottery before the final firing. The metals gold, copper, and platinum were chemically dissolved and applied with a brush or by dipping. In the early production, the body was generally a coarse earthenware.


Later a porcelain base was sometimes used (shown above).

Copper luster, made with a copper solution & the base of earthenware had the appearance of burnished copper. Copper luster ware was made chiefly for everyday use, and much of it is plain luster, or with a band or two of white or color. Other pieces were decorated in relief, with the ornament in white, or colored by hand in bright pigments on the copper luster ground.


Copper luster was made as early as 1770 in Great Britain. Some luster ware was even imported from Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium. In the 1930 – 1950s, the United States produced lusterware.

Silver luster was made by a deposit of platinum on pottery or porcelain. Silver luster is not quite as old as copper luster, dating from about 1785. It is commonly known among collectors that the best of the English lusterware, and in artistic quality it rivals the finest English china.

Gold luster was made in the same way – by means of a thin deposit of gold on a dark pottery body. On account of the costliness of the gold, the luster was frequently used on only a portion of the piece, the rest being left white or partly decorated in color. Raised bands and relief figures are also found, and occasionally a combination with silver luster.


There is also exists pink, ruby, or purple luster. Also so named rosespotted and Sunderland luster. This luster was produced by applying a gold solution, which, in oxidizing, gave a pink or purplish tint. In a few cases the mixture was so fixed as to produce a brilliant gold sheen in the highlights and a ruby or purple color.

Presently, among the most desirable pieces for collectors are teacups & saucers, tea-plates, pitchers, punch bowls, teapots, sugar-bowl, creamers. Frankly, what is popular does not at all matter. The important thing is to collect what you like and

Lusterware luster ware is a great collectible!


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