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Collecting White Ironstone

Classic Collections Ironstone

A stack of white ironstone platters gets me every time!  The simplicity and the utilitarian quality of ironstone rank right up there with my list of country collectibles I search for. There is no iron in ironstone; its name is derived from its notable strength and durability. The best part is that ironstone is generally still very easy to find and for a fair price.

White Ironstone Platters

I started collecting ironstone back in the 80’s when you could buy a flat of the thick heavy pieces at auctions for $1.00-$2.00. Then Country Living Magazine did a feature about ironstone and the price quickly escalated.

Basket of white ironstone pitcher

Ironstone pitchers are a favorite as well. Some of these have hairline cracks but as long as they can hold water for flowers, I’m good:)  The photo below was from a magazine feature I styled and shot a few years ago.

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The grouping of ironstone was styled for Fifi O’Neill’s book, Romantic Prairie Style and photographed at my farmhouse.

Needless to say, I’m always on the hunt for ironstone!






  • Reply
    October 1, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Carol, Your blog, home and posts are lovely. Like you, I love old farmhouses. Recently I purchased a small farmhouse online, sight unseen in a town I had never heard of or visited. I loaded up 5 dogs and 1 cat and drove across the United States last year.to my new (very old) tiny farmhouse. What an adventure. I can’t say I was smitten like you were at first glance of your farmhouse, but I can say that I have no regrets. I really am enjoying bring her (my house) up to my décor code and filling her with vintage, primitive and farmhouse finds. Your home, photos and stories really inspire me. So glad I found your blog. Many Blessings.

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      Carol Spinski
      October 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Tonita,

      What an incredibly wonderful journey you are taking! I’m amazed at your bravery for buying a farmhouse online and setting out across the country to start your dream. I can only imagine what your next chapters will be. Sounds like you and I share the farmhouse living spirit:) Thank You so much for your heartfelt comments and letting me in on your beautiful life adventure:) I will be sure to keep up and visit your blog-xo Carol

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    March 25, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Carol, lovely photos. I’ve always loved the chandelier over your table. I collect white French porcelain platters with gold monograms and white tureens. LOVE white!

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      Carol Spinski
      May 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Hi Colleen:) Ohhh love porcelain platters and I’m sure your collection is beautiful. Gold monograms? Be still my heart! Thank You so much for taking the time to stop by, I so love your visits Colleen:) xo Carol

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