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The Start of an Ironstone Collection

Just what I need, another collection and more white dishes!
The first piece in my ironstone collection was this covered dish that I found at a summer yard sale for a buck or two. I have to find pieces at a really good price because I'm really cheap we have a budget
The second piece I found was a little butter pat at an antiques warehouse in Glen Williams, Ontario for 25 cents, at least I think it is a butter pat. It is the thicker round edge type with some lovely discolouration.
I shared my love of white dishes here and here. I loved seeing dish collections in the many blogs I visited and  in magazines, but I was a bit confused as to what pieces were ironstone until I read Ellie at Frog Goes To Market's post My Antique Ironstone Collection. Have you seen her collections? Drool worthy!   
I found out that the thicker round edged pieces with simple lines and the finer more detailed pieces are both ironstone. I love the antique shades of white and that some pieces show their age with crackling and discolouration. So I guess you can understand my excitement when I found more pieces at thrift stores in a neighbouring city this week. At one store I found 10 Myott Meakin bread/dessert plates with a scalloped edge, 39 cents each. They are marked 1982 so not really old but made in Staffordshire England.
At another store I found the two Johnson Brothers dinner plates, made in England, shown under the covered dish, for 99 cents each.
The third thrift store had two platters and a little dish. The little dish was $1 and the one above was $5.99 and is marked Unicorn Thomas Hughes and Son, Staffordshire England, and is 11.5" in diameter.
The largest platter is 14.5" long and has a very faint marking, only $3.
These pieces may not be super valuable, but I love the different shapes, sizes and the beautiful shades of whites. For now they will find a home on our kitchen buffet and hutch or in our dining room cabinet. One day I would love to have a fraction of Ellie's collection beautifully displayed in an open cabinet. For now I am enjoying my little collection.

Linking up this week at some of my favourite places to hang out...
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday at At The Picket Fence
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Saturday Nite Special # 119 at Funky Junk Interiors and SNS #124 Vintage
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday #100 at Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesdays #52 at Savvy Southern Style

22 comments:

  1. I love your ironstone collection so far. I have a few pieces, but in general I don't pay attention to the markings on the back. I just buy what I like even if it's not real. It all goes together to me. I love your tureen!

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  2. Oh they are all wonderful pieces and what a great start to your collection. I love them. You might try Goodwill also, sometimes I find pieces there. Hugs, marty

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  3. Kelly, you are so right! To me it really doesn't matter about the value, age or authenticity, I just really like all the different pieces, shapes and colours.

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  4. Beautiful pieces...I just love the soup tureen!
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Des

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  5. You sure have a great start on your ironstone collection. I love the soup tureen. It's fun to find something like this for little $$ and that makes it easier to collect. Have a great weekend! Pamela

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  6. Hi Elizabeth,
    What a great collection you have on the go so far. It is so much fun to get something at a decent price too!
    Have a great weekend!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  7. Beautiful dishes. I so love white dishes!!!

    Thank you for visiting me today & leaving such sweet comments.

    xox

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  8. Oh come on Elizabeth...you know you can NEVER have too many collections of white dishes! :)

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  9. Beautiful start to your new collection..

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  10. You have a wonderful collection so far and what awesome deals that you have found. I have that last platter and love it...found a covered veggie bowl today for $5.00:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. Elizabeth you have a great collection and you got some great deals too!

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  12. Watch out, it's addicting! I love white ironstone!

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  13. I love your ironstone collection~ thanks for linking up!!

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  14. you are off to a great start there! I have two pieces but haven't seen any while out thrifting lately. Love the lines and of course the white.

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  15. My eye was caught by the lovely rosary in the little dish! Is it an heirloom? It is beautiful!

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  16. Your start to the collection is great. Hopefully you will find some great pieces. I have found when you stick with one color, mine being white, you can instantly spot it at garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores. Have fun in your hunt.

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  17. you have found some amazing deals! I love ironstone, and have very few pieces that I've found, so far. I'm hoping to get more and combine it with brown transferware to display in my glass cabinets which line the entire upper cab's in my kitchen. I'd love to find the deals you did =)

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  18. I love white dishes, ironstone, dishes period. You have a great collection already.
    Debbie

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  19. i cannot pass up white platters! love your newest love:)

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  20. You are finding ironstone at super prices. I love the shape of the covered dish. It looks like the sugar bowl and creamer I have.

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  21. I love ironstone....it is so pretty and goes with everything. Perfect collection.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  22. Me, too - (to all the above comments). I recognize that last platter. I'm pretty sure it is a Pfaltzgraff piece.

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