Silver Luster Sugar Bowl

This sugar bowl was part of a silver luster tea set made in England during the early 19th century. Lusterware was created by adding metallic oxides as an over glaze to ceramics already fired ceramics and firing the objects again at a lower temperature. Adding silver oxide or platinum oxide created a shimmering finish that looked like silver but cost significantly less, allowing middle class citizens access to goods that looked similar to the solid silver tea sets of the upper class.
The tea service was used by Dorthea de Schweinitz (1891-1980), a researcher and academic who spent her career working on labor relations in her employment for the Pennsylvania State Employment Service, National Labor Relations Board, War Production Board, and the Wage Stabilization Board. She was also active in the movement to preserve historic Georgetown in Washington, DC, which was named a historic district thanks in part to her efforts in 1950.
Object Name
sugar box
Physical Description
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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