The lid has a small crack.  It appears to have been there for
some time.  As you can see there are several small chip
on the edge of the lid.  Chips are not visible when lid is in place.
See color close up below.

Lusterware has been a popular home accessory for centuries. It was produced by Islamic artisans, 15th-century Moorish craftsmen and Italian Renaissance potters, as well as 19th-century English china makers and post-World War II Japanese artists.

Lusterware is pottery with an overglaze finish containing copper and silver or other materials that give the effect of iridescence, according to infoplease.com. The process may have been invented and was certainly first popularized by ninth-century Islamic potters, according to the site.

On HGTV’s Flea Market Finds, lusterware expert Michael Hansen of Concord, N.C., (704-786-3490; toysnjoys@vnet.net) said that most lusterware items imported to the United States after World War II were considered strictly functional and sold in dime stores.

Now lusterware is a sought-after collectible. Hand-painted Japanese lusterware is popular, as well as pre-World War II lusterware produced in Czechoslovakia and Germany, which command higher prices, according to Hansen.

 

Whether dime store- or craftsman-produced, lusterware makes any kitchen shine.

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