Ironstone doesn't really contain iron. I got its name because of its strength and durability. It was first develoed in 1813 by Charles James Mason, whose name became synonymous with ironstone. Mason surmised that his strong white wares in simple utilitarian shapes would find a ready market in America, where it was enthusiastically received. Ironically, very little of the plain white ironstone can be found in England. Other British potteries quickly adopted this china and took it further, incorporating raised designs and transfer patterns, and this is what was marketed in England.
In America, ironstone began production in the mid 1800's in Trenton, NJ. Three of the best known manufacturers of American ironstone are Syracuse, Shengo and Homer Laughlin. Syracuse came out with a line of restaurant ware which actually was used extensively in restaurants and diners across America up to the mid 1900's.
Collectors have been in love with white ironstone since the late 1900's when the shabby chic style trend began.Currently prices are down from what they were a few years back. A 12" pitcher sold recently on Ebay for just $25, while platters have sold in the $30-$60 price range.
As with many collectibles, ironstone carries a more of a visual punch when displayed in groups. AN assortment of simple graceful white ironstone pitchers marching across a cabinet top is a delight to behold.
Meet our Dealers
Meredith Bouchardt has loved old things since she was a child, and with good reason. Her Mother is a long time devotee of American country antiques, so she was raised in a vintage atmosphere. She started out going down the same path her Mother took, but made an abrupt turn when she was introduced to the Rachel Ashwell world of shabby chic. Since then her taste has turned toward old china in soft feminine colors, and vintage linens. A handy woman with a needle - and sewing machine, she loves to rescue cutter linens, upcycling them into new uses.
Meredith is one of our newest dealers and several have commented on her good "eye" for picking merchandise. Her booth is off to a good start and many clients are pleased to discover this new exciting booth to shop in.
Here's your chance to show off your vintage decorating skills. Send us pictures of how you have incorporated something purchased at Mossy Oaks into your decor. We would like to share them on our Facebook page. For privacy, no names will be used. Please send pictures to ECsears@aol.com and the title Facebook Pictures.
New Website Launched
Mossy Oaks Vintage Rental has gotten off to a great start, and now we have our website up and running. Go to mossyoaksvintagerental.weebly.com to see our complete inventory and keep us in mind the next time you have a wedding, shower, tea party or special event.
Antiques and Collectibles
Visit us at
Mossy Oaks Antique Mall
6260 SE 118th Place
Belleview, Fl 34420
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