First patented in 1813 by Charles Mason in Stafforshire England, ironstone is made of porous earthenware, coated with a fired-on glaze that makes it both impermeable to liquids and difficult to break. It is heavier than other ceramic wares and often has a bluish tinge. It was initially developed as a frugal alternative to the more expensive porcelain. Americans especially coveted the white ironstone, while the English enjoyed transfer-decorated ironstone.
About This Price Guide
Each of the items in the photos below I currently own or have owned in the past. Most are pieces that an “average” buyer or seller might come across, unlike many price guides that contain only higher end items.Values are based on my personal experience being in the antique business for almost twenty years. Note that values vary from state to state, region to region, and country to country; for example, I live in Upstate New York, which has a very different market than New York City. Other factors affecting value include condition and market (auction, store, eBay, etc.). My goal is to provide helpful information, so please accept this Guide in the spirit it was intended.
Wm Adams & Sons
Adams Brentwood Pattern Creamer
5.5″ high c.1970’s
$10-12.00 (SOLD in shop, $10.00)
Wm Adams & Sons mark
Boote, T & R
T& R Boote Tureen
9″ high x 9″ diameter, c.1860
$65-85.00 (if perfect) (Personal Collection)
Booths pottery produced pottery in Tunstall England from 1891-1948. They used the term “semi-porcelain” (a synonym for “ironstone”) from about 1891-1906.
15″ x 7″
Burgess & Campbell
Burgess & Campbell Butter Dish
6.5″ long x 4.5″ wide
Burgess & Campbell mark
Burleigh Ware has produced ironstone in Staffordshire England from 1862-present. The reference to 1851 as part of the mark, refers to the start date of the original company–Hulme and Booth.
$10.00 (Personal Collection)
Burleigh Ware, Est. 1851, Burslem, England, IRONSTONE
Produced in Staffordshire, England, Davenport ironstone was manufactured from 1793-1887.
Davenport Canister (no lid)
c.1800, 4 1/4″ x 5″ diameter
$20 (with lid: $40-45.00) (Personal Collection)
#s on either side of anchor indicate year, i.e., 1800
George Jones & Sons
George Jones & Sons produced ironstone in Staffordshire England from 1851-1951.
$100-120 (Personal Collection)George Jones & Sons mark
W.H. Grindley & Co. produced ironstone in Staffordshire England from 1880-1991.
W.H. Grindley Platter
16″ x 11.5″ c.1914-1925
England, W.H. Grindley & Co. mark
Johnson Bros. produced ironstone in Staffordshire England during the period 1883-2004.
15″ long, c.1974+
$40.00-45.00 (Personal Collection)
$10.00 (Personal Collection)
John Maddock & Sons
John Maddock &Sons produced ironstone in Staffordshire England from 1855-1960s.
John Maddock & Sons Gravy Boat
7.5″ wide x 7″ high
$40-45.00 (Personal Collection)
John Maddock & Sons, Burslem (England) mark
John Maddock Gravy Boat
4 1/4″ h x 8″ w, c. 1880-1896
$20.00-25.00 (Personal Collection)
John Maddock & Sons, LTD, Royal Vitreous, England
3″ high, c.1950’s
$5-6.00 (Personal Collection)
Maddock England mark
Red Cliff ironstone was produced in Chicago, Illinois from 1950-1980.
Red Cliff Soup Bowl “Grape”
4 1/2″ h x 5″ diam., c. 1970
$10.00 ($25.00 with matching lid & under-plate)
Redcliff Ironstone mark (incised)
Thomas Hughes & Sons began producing ironstone in Staffordshire England in 1895 and continued until 1957.
Thomas Hughes Pitcher & Bowl (mismatched)
Bowl: 4 5/8″ h x 14″ diam., Pitcher: 11 1/2″ h
$75.00 (Personal Collection)
Thomas Hughes mark on bowl
Majestic mark on pitcher
T. J. & J. Mayers
Thomas, John, and Joshua Mayer operated a pottery in Burslem, England from 1843-1855. For several years in the 1950’s, they exhibited their pottery at the British Exhibitions.
23″ x 11.5″
$15-25.00 (SOLD $18.00)T. J. & J. Mayers mark
Turner, Goddard, & Co.
Turner, Goddard, & Co. c.1867-74
$15-20.00 (Sold in shop 12.16 for $15.00)Turner, Goddard, & Co. mark
(unmarked, likely English)
approx. 10″ h