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