Copper Lustre was an "invention" of the middle class in Europe. It was a sign of class at the beginning of the 19th century to have gold plated dinnerware. Obviously the middle class couldn't afford it, so someone came up with a glazing method to simulate gold plating. The dinner plates, saucers and cups were easily damaged and did not survive, but the creamers and pitchers were heavier stock, so that is what is mostly left.
Below is the only intact, undamaged suger bowl I've ever seen! It's probably my favorite piece and dates from appx. 1860's. I found the creamer, which is a close match many years later.
This group is more from the beginning of the 20th century as it has an Art Nouveau flair. Copper Lustre was only made through the 1920's or so, then taken up again in the 50's by the Welsh for a short time. I'm not at all fond of that era of lustre.
This is the oldest piece in my collection - probably around 1812. It was glazed, then hand-painted. The hand painting was most likely done by the purchaser of the pitcher as it isn't glazed and you can see some wearing of the paint.
These pieces have what is called a salt-glaze for decoration.
And these are some of my larger pieces along with a child's cup which I found in Gettysburg at an outdoor antique show. The large pitcher on the right is mid-19th century - the other two are a bit later. The pitcher with the blue band was a gift from a long-time friend I met in college, Robert. We would (and still do when he visits us from California) spend hours in antique malls having the best time. He or I would shriek when we found something we were seeking - and it would send shivers down the spines of the mall owners who would come running to see if something had been broken - those were fun times !!
There is still time to enter my Whirl Into Winter giveaway! Just go over to this post and leave a comment about where you would like to be in winter! The winner will be chosen on January 15th!