An ornately decorated (with molded decoration) Silver Lustre Creamer from England, dating c. 1820. Creamer is covered with molded dimples and lines and a shaped handle, much as a metal creamer of the period might have been decorated. As the merchant and industrial classes were emerging in England at the time, they tried to emulate the life style of the upper classes, yet could not always afford the cost of precious metals, etc. English potters found a way to make simple earthenware look like silver and it became very popular for a time in the early 19th Century. Poor Man's Silver, it is sometimes called.
This creamer is 3 ½" tall (at the spout) and about 5 ½" from handle to spout. It is in very fine condition with no chips, cracks, lines, etc. Usually, silver lustre is relatively plain with simple decoration; this example is able as ornately decorated as I have seen.
Item ID: WPA 223
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