Recently, I acquired a large collection of Antique Meakin Ironstone! I adore the creamy
look of Ironstone. I love the imperfections, the different shapes and
the idea of each piece having story, or history.
|illustration by: Julia Rothman|
I try to purchase at auctions/estate sales only items that are the highest quality and items
that I personally would collect, and then add pieces to my inventory on my
ETSY site, and to sell at my Vintage Shows. I want to be sure to stick true to my
style. I tend to lean towards the monochromatic look when
it comes to any pottery or serving type dishes. I love pitchers, platters, and tureens.
I use my collection of white porcelain wear daily and my ironstone for entertaining.
If I have a large party or family event, all my dishes always coordinate, because I keep it
simple: I purchase only white!! I use colors and textures in my table decor! I feel one
unified color for decorating or serving purposes keeps things crisp and elegant.
|This was quite a haul from one auction… so many pieces to choose from!|
|I really loved this simple floral print on this Ironstone collection.|
|The shape and size of Chamber Pots is one of my favorites for home decor!|
I am planning on keeping a few of these pieces for my home, I try to only collect what I will
use or just cannot live without! I also like my displays at my shows to keep in theme, not
messy or busy, but simple and collected!
|The seal on back of each piece of authentic Ironstone.|
Now, if shopping for Ironstone pieces and you come across platters with a few chips or
dings or even stains, do not shy away, there are ways to clean your Ironstone!
Also, the look of crazing is often found on these antique pieces, it looks like this:
This is a gorgeous collection of Ironstone and I love how they displayed the pieces.
Now, a little bit of history about Ironstone:
(This information is all posted over at DESIGNSPONGE.com)from 2010. You can read the entire post here:
Now, about cleaning your Ironstone:
I did a little research and found that the safest way to clean your ironstone is Hydrogen Peroxide, here is a Tutorial from DESIGN SPONGE: