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.
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.
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.
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!