Ironstone Steals

6.05.2014

I've been collecting ironstone for a few years now, but the prices can get high. I won't pay a lot for it and am always hunting for the best deals.

When I went to Lucketts a few weeks ago I mentioned that we also shopped at some of the antique shops in Leesburg, Va.

Shirley and I walked in to one of the shops ten minutes before closing. The lady behind the counter asked if we were looking for anything special since they were closing soon. I was thinking and before I knew it Shirley blurted out ironstone. The lady just happened to know where a couple pieces were since they were her own pieces and took me to them. This large tureen was one of them. It is huge!

It certainly isn't in pristine condition, but I don't expect old pieces to be and actually love the flaws.

The more crazing the better and this one has loads of it. Yes, it has some cracks that were repaired, but that doesn't bother me.

Even stains and chips along the edge is okay with me.

The other piece she had was this beauty. I just adore the details of this one.

It also has beautiful crazing.

I say the more crazing the better.

The bottom has this large embossed stamp.

The lid actually looks new with its pretty artichoke on top. It had been glued back on after it broke off some time in the past.

I asked why the top was so white while the bottom was very stained and crazed? She said a lot of the time these lids weren't used much and probably were stored away so it hadn't discolored over the years.

The large tureen is in the center of my dining room hutch, but the other piece is in another spot that I will share soon.

After bringing home these pieces and more from that trip I had to rearrange the hutch and moved some pieces to other spots.

You can see how it was arranged before here.

Best part is what I paid for these two pieces. $10 each!
Score!

You can see more of my ironstone herehere, and here.

I hope y'all will return tomorrow for another fabulous favorite room shared by a newer blogger.

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45 comments:

  1. Wow, you have such an impressive collection. How fun that it all worked out...I need to go shopping with Shirley. Your display is so pretty.

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  2. Nice pieces, exceptional prices! I love it when the pieces have the brown crazing, esp. as in your second piece.

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  3. I collect white ironstone too, pitchers and platters mostly. I don't mind a few chips since I use them for display. They are classic, and I never tire of looking at them. Your display is lovely.

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  4. I collect white ironstone and am very happy with their flaws. It means they have stored up many memories. xo Laura

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  5. WOW Kim you scored with those two pieces!! I love the one with the little flower on the lid! I agree the more crazing the better!

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  6. Great price, good thing Shirley was on the ball. LOL Pinning!!

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous!! I'm falling for ironstone!!

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  8. The score of the year....I love those two pieces!!!....Glad they found a great home!!!

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  9. Those are a couple of amazing pieces! What a great bargain!

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  10. Wow those are some great finds for sure, I love the character of the pieces. Thanks for sharing your finds, have a great weekend.

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  11. WOW! What an awesome deal and so very pretty!

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  12. Love the piece with the flower on the lid. Looks like an artichoke to me! Amazing prices too!!!

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  13. Love the piece with the flower on the lid. Looks like an artichoke to me! Amazing prices too!!!

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  14. Love these pieces! Isn't the 'flower' on the tureen lid actually an artichoke?

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  15. No you didn't! $10...get out of here!!! THOSE are beauties. You got lucky lucky lucky. Love them! (and the price.)

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  16. Great finds. I love ironstone, too, and have several pieces in a bookcase with the back of the case painted in chocolate brown. Shows it off beautifully!

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  17. Beautiful pieces and a great price! I love looking for ironstone at Estate Sales. You have a wonderful collection Kim and it is all displayed so pretty in your hutch.

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  18. Oh my goodness...$10....that was a steal. I am with you, Kim....the older the better...the more imperfections the more perfect a piece is for me! Love your new finds!

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  19. Great finds, and wow the price is perfect.

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  20. OMG!!! You found two amazing pieces! I like the chipping, crazing, and discoloration on my pieces too....it means they have been well loved. I can't believe how much ironstone has gone up in price the last few years. When I started collecting it when I fist got married no one wanted it and I picked many pieces up for under a dollar! You have a beautiful collection :o)
    ~Des

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  21. Wow Kim that was a great score. I love that tureen. It is simply gorgeous. I love all the flaws to it too. Shows it history and character. Great finds.
    Kris

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  22. Beautiful pieces, Kim!! Your ironstone collection looks spectacular in your hutch!
    Mary Alice

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  23. Love the new acquisitions!! I am a huge ironstone fan.....can't get enough! Love that artichoke finial.

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  24. I so agree, I love all the chippy goodness on a piece..gives them such character.. Lets you know they have been somewhere and lived a great life.. Your collection looks great in the hutch. I love the pop of blue in the floral platter.. Thanks for sharing.. Blessings!

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  25. I love the aging as well, wow what a great price,

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  26. Wow! How absolutely beautiful. I am a collector too. I have only one tureen. It's been awhile since I've seen any large pieces. Yes, they are hard to find and usually beyond my price limit. You do a beautiful job of displaying as well. The more aged, the better!

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  27. You got 2 beautiful pieces and for a BARGAIN!!! Your collection is beautiful!

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  28. You weren't shopping at Miss Mustard Seed's, by any chance? She loves ironstone, too.

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    1. Bonnie, these were not bought at Lucketts. This was a shop in Leesburg. Yes, I did get a couple pieces from MMS at Lucketts, but they were not $10.

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  29. CRAZY!!! You break my heart with those prices! Your collection looks wonderful with the blue background. I was out magazine shopping yesterday. Your cover still looks gorgeous sitting there on the shelf!

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  30. When I travel, I buy vintage pieces for souvenirs now. Will you fill these with pumpkins or ornaments at the holidays?

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  31. I've learned to put up with a few cracks and nicks when others have overlooked pieces. Sometimes they have more character that way.
    Good deals!

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  32. Oh Kim, this piece is gorgeous and I love the crazing I think that shows the beauty even more. What really grabbed me was that artichoke, perfection!!

    Cynthia

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  33. You have a nice large ironstone collection! I love it all grouped together in your hutch. I think the tureens are my favorite.

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  34. Great pieces and wonderful pics!
    judypimperl.blogspot.com

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  35. Great finds, Kim. I pick up white ironstone when I find it at a good price. Can't beat the simplicity!
    I went back to revisit your previous posts……….always a treat!

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  36. OMG,. Kim! $10 each? What did you do walk in with a mask on and threaten her with bodily harm? I have not seen anything that size (even in imperfect condition) sell that cheap. GREAT finds! Leave it up to that Shirley to put it out there! xo Diana

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  37. I love the flaws too in vintage pieces! Makes them feel used and loved, you got a great piece Kim, happy for you!

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  38. Love your new ironstone pieces! So nice! And lucky prices, too!

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  39. You do have a knack for finding wonderful pieces.

    I have two different tureens, but neither is white and I have been thinking that I would like a white one. I guess I need to get to start haunting my favorite antique stores.

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  40. OH the bigger the better, love it. I have several and a few I use for planters..
    Great find. yvonne

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  41. I have not been getting your blog posts in my email. I subscribe to about 30 bloggers that I follow and all of a sudden I no longer get my email posts? Do you know what is causing this? I have checked my spam folder and they are not getting delivered there either. I sure miss the regular delivery of your blog posts. Hoping you can help. Thank you. Tami

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  42. Very pretty pieces! I've never heard the word crazing.... I don't mind wear and tear on old ironstone either. Gives it history. LOVE your collection, they look so pretty all together.

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