At about 14 years old, I purchased my first piece of antique white ironstone china at an estate sale. It was a small creamer that was part of a frilly Victorian coffee set. I have no idea what happened to it, but I do remember paying very little. Today I still buy white ironstone creamers (less frilly, happy to say), and am paying a lot more (unhappy to say).
What is antique white ironstone? To keep it simple, it is an opaque, white glazed form of earthenware / pottery made for everyday use. What I like to refer to as humble chinaware. Many European countries--from England to Sweden--produced white ironstone, especially during the mid 19th Century. It was also made in America.
It’s simplicity, versatility, and durability makes it one of the most sought after collectibles. I love to display and use this humble china. Enjoy these photos from my home and shop, Tone on Tone.
English white ironstone banded barrel jugs from Tone on Tone.
Swedish footed bowl. I use these deep bowls for serving salads.
Group of French white pots with Swedish antique furniture.
Tall pitchers, cafe au lait handle-less cups, and cakestands from my shop.
Water and dairy pitchers.
I love using footbaths as cache pots. This was in my former kitchen.
My current collection in the kitchen. The seed pods are dried alliums.