Hi everyone! Several readers have asked me to write a post about my [humble] ironstone collection. While I’ve sold many pieces over the years, I only recently started collecting it myself. I have an antique-white, corner cupboard in my kitchen that I decided to fill with vintage and antique ironstone.
Inside is a pretty red back drop that contrasts vividly with the white of the ironstone. Many of the pieces are identified in my ironstone price guide, if you want specific details about anything you see here, you might want to check it out.
Some of my pieces are American restaurant ware, kind of the poor descendant of American ironstone. The little creamer (front, right) and the round plate are restaurant ware. The chocolate pot in front has not made it into my price guide yet. While unmarked, I believe it to be quite old because of a note I found on the inside. It indicated that it belonged to the grandmother of the owner, who had just died at the age of 89. I rescued it out of a dumpster, if you can believe that. I think it’s also worth about $100.00.
I just unearthed the jelly mold on the left, from a box I had shipped over from England when we lived there (2009-2011). It still had the price tag on it–3 pounds, or about $4.50. I bought it at a car boot sale, a weekly passion for me while living in Derbyshire. The yellow ware versions of these seem more sought after, at least here in America. I’d say it’s worth about $30.00. Believe it or not, the pitcher in the center is neither vintage nor antique, but it has fooled other collectors who’ve seen it on my shelf. It’s marked “Versailles, Microwave Safe”(!). It has the bluish tinge that you expect to find in older ironstone.
The unmarked pitcher on the left is not an expected ironstone shape, and is therefore likely more modern, as is the piece resting on the cake plate, which is signed “Sterling China,” an Ohio company. The lid in the bowl was a gift; it lingers in my corner cupboard awaiting its match. You never know…
So there you have my ironstone collection, or most of it, anyway. I also have a bowl and pitcher set, currently decorating my foyer, several platters stored away, and several more platters decorating my walls (foyer, guest room, and master bedroom).
Its clean lines and wonderful, cool white tones make ironstone almost universally appealing. It certainly is experiencing a current revival; we see it gracing tables and cupboards galore on Pinterest and blog posts.
For now, I am very much enjoying my little collection and fully expect to continue adding to it. There’s plenty more room in my corner cupboard, right? [For tips on how to care for your ironstone, pop over and read Design Sponge’s terrific article.]
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