Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Antique Ironstone Collection

I love antique white ironstone, and I know I'm not the only one - this simple heavy china flys off of the (virtual) shelves in my etsy shop. But have you noticed that I haven't had much for sale recently? Here's at least one reason why... 

I've been busy filling my own (very real!) shelves at home. The antique farmhouse cupboard in my livingroom was looking a little bare, so I've been loading it up with ironstone pitchers, platters, butter pats, soup bowls, serving bowls, and stacks of small oval dishes.

I like the discolored patina of old ironstone, and this rustic cupboard holds the more humble aged pieces in my collection, all with thick rounded edges and simple silhouettes. But wait, there's more!

The blue china cupboard in my dining room holds my more pristine white pieces with more formal shapes. I don't discriminate against antique ironstone - stained or bright, humble or high end, I love it all!


  1. I especially love the covered dishes. Deb

  2. You have a beautiful collection. I enjoyed seeing these two cupboardsful.

  3. OH I love white and cream dishes.

    sandy toe

  4. I love white ironstone ~ all of yours is just marvelous ;-)

  5. Hi Ellie,
    I love how you have displayed your white ironstone collection...just beautiful!

  6. WOW Simply gorgeous
    Love your beautiful collection

  7. Oh Ellie! Your collection is fabulous! I have a small collection started myself, but am working on a place to display it. Love how yours looks in your charming cupboard!! I also love the age spots. It is really hard for me to love a piece that doesn't show it's age at least a little.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Une collection MERVEILLEUSE !!!

  9. ***sigh** Your collection is dream-worthy. I love all the shapes and sizes.

    I'm a new visitor from over at Right at Home. Once I saw the tour she was giving of your home I just knew I had to stop by and say hi! Your blog is beautiful, and your style timeless.

  10. Your ironstone collection is wonderful, as well as the rest of you home. When you are visiting your family, what antique stores, specifically, do you shop at? I'm always looking for shops I may have missed!

    1. I have a lot of ironstone, collected over a period of 50 years. if me 610-437-2243 or email me robinson

  11. Your collection is gorgeous and since I am a newbie ironstone collector (and it is so hard to find around here) I appreciate you explaining that both the thicker rounded edge and the finer pieces are both ironstone.

  12. I have a small collection started and could kick myself for passing some up at a thrift store. :( My question, do you use any of them or are they for looks only? :) Thanks!

  13. You have a beautiful collection, with such awesome patina!



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