Thanks for your post regarding the gilding, that is interesting and important information. I'm curious, for the earlier gilded wares you've encountered, are they high end pieces (vases, tureens, or other hollowares) or are they items that you might find as more common refined earthenware dish sets (plates, saucers, teas, etc)?
Some of the late 19th century artifacts from the well at the Warner site were the first non British/American wares recovered consisting in part of dishes from Prussia ("Spinach" by Libertas) and Bavaria. We also get some of the copper luster "tea leaf" material - it didn't survive very well as it appears to have first been exposed to refuse burning. It also appears that part of the assemblage is my great, great, great grandmother's tea cup/saucer collection (many of which have gilding on the rim, handles as well as the body of the dish).
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