About 1850, the colorful cookware that collectors today look for began to appear and is called either graniteware or enamelware in different parts of the country.
Although easily chipped, kitchens were filled with the brightly colored pots and pans—and even tableware. Teapots and coffeepots, along with basins and mugs, were then considered “have to haves.”
The 20 cent specials of yesterday bring big dollars today. Blue and white swirl, old red, cobalt blue, brown and white swirl, cream and green, even pink still can be found on antique dealers shelves or even offered in estate sales.
You can see some graniteware examples in my Etsy shop here. What colors or pieces are you likely to find in your area?