Thursday, March 1, 2012

Found Ironstone

Digging through crates of junk covered in filth a couple of weeks ago acquired by hubby, 
this is what I found lurking in the bottom.
8 gorgeous very old ironstone platters and a lovely little bowl.  Can you believe the luck??  
I certainly couldn't.  In fact, I almost overlooked them because they were covered in so much dirt, they weren't recognizable.  It's amazing what Mr. Clean Erasers can do.
I was so excited to add these to my tiny collection of ironstone.
Any of you collect ironstone?  What are your favorite pieces?

21 comments:

  1. I don't collect ironstone, but I'm always admiring it when I go to my local antique stores. You've got some lovely pieces there! Lucky you!

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  2. i love ironstone... i am drawn to the more cracked and stained pieces. pitchers are always on my radar. looks like you have a lovely collection!

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  3. For Mother's Day several years ago my husband surprised me with 8 complete place settings, one platter, two serving bowls, and the cream and sugar dishes. Yep, the whole china set. It's Ironstone Federalists Buttercup...all yellow with beautiful scalloped edges. I LOVE THEM!! He bought them at an antique store and I had been admiring them for almost 6 months. ;) I just recently painted my kitchen cabinets mountain smoke gray, and the dishes looks fabulous. :) I hope to pass them down to our daughter one day.
    From the research I've done they were made for Sears back in the early 60's... :))

    Blessings,
    Kris@Ourthriftynestof7

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    1. Kris, what a wonderful collection and surprise from your hubby!

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  4. Lucky you.What fun to dig through rubles to find such treasures.I sure would do it.

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  5. Hi! I've always thought Ironstone is so pretty when I see it on blogs but I've never seen it irl. Any tips on how to recognize it. I thought it was just white dishes but now I'm not so sure since the PP said hers was yellow. Help!

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    1. Miss Mustard Seed had a really informative post on her blog about ironstone. http://missmustardseed.com/2010/09/ironstone-101/ I found a good article on Martha's website too. http://www.marthastewart.com/269460/white-ironstone Here is another that MMS had linked. http://www.whiteironstonechina.com/careandcleaning.htm

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  6. What a find! I had one small butter pat for a few years and then found a few pieces in the last few months. I posted about my new ironstone collection (although small) this month and just yesterday popped into our local thrift and found a very large Staffordshire platter for $2.99! That is my new favourite piece. It is just so thick and heavy and with some real age showing.

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  7. Wow! What a find! :) they look like great pieces. :) I love ironstone and started collecting three years ago. I don't have a ton but it is fun to look for it when I hit an antique store. I like the white older pieces that have "ironstone" markings. I was lucky enough to score a set of dishes at an estate sale for a great price this weekend though. :) I think they were made in the 70's.

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  8. How beautiful! I love these too. I have one two pieces I inherited that are very special to me. My mom told me stories about how my great grandmother used them.

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    1. Jenny, how special to know the stories behind the dish. :)

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  9. Oh you lucky duck. What a find. I love ironstone. I have one piece that I love. It is a pitcher that I found at a local antique. Love it

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  10. I have a chipped, but still fabulous, huge platter and several little syrup pitchers. You've reminded me how dear they are and I'll be on the lookout for more. Garage sale season is almost here!!!

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  11. I recently picked up some white Ironstone at an auction. For $10 I bought 6 plates, a matching mug and saucer and a small bowl. It turns out they were made in England in 1858. I knew they were Ironstone, but not that old. They're made by Elsmore & Forster and it's all in the Ceres pattern. I'm hooked!

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  12. I just adore ironstone and your stack of platters is DIVINE! What a lucky find! I have been collecting ironstone for years.... platters make my heart go pitter patter :o)
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you
    will follow me back :o)

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  13. How beautiful! I don't have any ironstone--yet. Ü

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  14. Ironstone is my favorite and milkglass. Please check some of my finds out. I will soon be sharing them all. My favorite is a pitcher that I posted under I Love Ironstone. I paid $10 for it. I saw it today in Nashville Antique store for $45. I AM SO EXCITED! LOVE all your plates and platters. I need to shop for a few more of those!

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  15. I have become interested in ironstone. I've been seeing it on a lot of blogs, including yours. Not knowing anything about it I wouldn't know if I came across a piece or not. Can you tell me what I should look for. Will there be a name on the underneath? Will it say ironstone or is it just a look. I recently came across a couple pieces of thick not so perfect looking odd and end plates. They had the look of ironstone and they were somewhat heavy but I didn't buy them as I wasn't sure if they were. Any advise. I''m now kicking myself because I think they may have been the real deal and they were really sweet looking.
    Thanks

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