Pretty copper lusterware cream pitcher was one of many in a collection that comes from a centuries old summer resort in Talbot County, MD. Not a miniature knick knack for setting on the shelf. This was a creamer that sat on the kitchen table and was well used. Primary color is lavender with copper banding at the top and bottom as well as around the throat and down the handle. Hand painted with simple quick lines of a house with a few trees and a bit of fence. Same drawing on both sides. While the simplistic drawing appears oriental, I have been advised this piece is more likely English made, rather than Asian, although it is unmarked.
This piece is referred to by the family as `Hattie's Pitcher.' Born in 1885, Hattie's collection of pitchers was commendable. Members of the family verify having seen her collection as far as back as the 1960's, making this one at least 50 years old.
The inside of the top rim shows wear indicative of its age. Another source believed it could be as old as the 1830's. Further indication of its age is calcification around the foot which is most likely a result of the minerals used in the process of manufacturing. Measures 4-1/2 inches tall; 6-1/2 at the widest point between the end of the spout and the back of the handle. Base is 2-1/2 inches. In very good condition with no chips or cracks.