A Rare Ironstone Find

1.08.2015

When I went shopping in Franklin, Tennessee, a couple days after Christmas, I had to stop in a shop I have been in before called City Farmhouse. You never know what you are going to find in this shop of picked items. I'm on radar when it comes to ironstone and I spied a couple of pieces in an old hutch. Of course I had to check it out and take a closer look.

I found this large piece and the tag said a Rare Ironstone Punch Bowl.

This is a really good size and can be used in so many ways. Filled with fruit, ornaments at Christmas, flowers for centerpiece, and so much more.

It has beautiful crazing and a maker's mark on the bottom.

It certainly isn't perfect and has two cracks and a chipped spot. Those things don't bother me. Kim and David who own the shop said if the bowl was in mint condition it would bring over $400 to $500. I'm sure glad it wasn't in mint condition. I still paid more than I normally do for ironstone, but sometimes you have to if you are a collector. I may never come across another one.

For now it is holding an ivy plant I picked up the other day. 

I will share more of this vignette soon.

Stay warm and happy Thursday!

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38 comments:

  1. Shopping in Franklin is on my bucket list! I would love to make the trip someday. Your bowl is amazing and definitely a savvy purchase. Stay warm yourself!

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  2. You made me laugh when you said you were glad it wasn't perfect! I like that you don't let imperfections stop you from buying something...I can see why you couldn't pass it by. It's beautiful!

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  3. This is a great find, Kim. Not sure I've ever seen a punch bowl size ironstone piece. The imperfections make it that much more charming.
    Mary Alice

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  4. What a beautiful piece. I agree, if you see something you love that is unusual scoop it up! Stay warm Kim!

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  5. A wonderful find. I know we will be seeing it placed in many of your lovely rooms during this new year.

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  6. what a great find and it will have so many uses for you to enjoy. what did you do in franklin besides shop?

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  7. What a beautiful find!!...but I know you prefer the ones with beautiful aging!...Can't wait to see the new vignette!

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  8. I wish my BIL still lived in Johnson City so I could shop in Franklin again! LOVE the punch bowl, like you said, it can be used for so many things! Anxious to see your vignette. That is what I posted today: a new vignette:)

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  9. Lovely find Kim-love the crackle!

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  10. Love the pinch-bowl...I think it is cool that it has character...cracks and all! (Kind of like us...God sees past our imperfections and calls us precious!)

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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  11. Kim,
    What a great score. I love that it is a punch bowl I bet that is really rare to find in Ironstone pieces. I really want to travel to Franklin some day it is on my bucket list. I hear it is a cute town and lots of great shops.
    I look forward to seeing your vignette. Stay warm you guys are really getting hit with some cold. We are below zero here in Chicago land. Ughhhh!
    Kris

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  12. Amazing find. Wouldn't you love to hear the stories behind it's life?

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  13. Kim,
    I went to the City Farmhouse show this past October and it was wonderful! Franklin is such a beautiful town with lots of great shopping. That was a rare and great find on the Ironstone punch bowl. I don't think I have ever seen one!

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  14. I LOVE Franklin. My first stop is always Iron Gate on Main Street. I am not sure if I have been to City Farmhouse but will definitely check it out next time I am over there. Franklin is 6 hours from here.

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    1. My first stop was Iron Gate, too. Love the store, but not the prices.

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    2. Ditto on that Kim. I went into some of the shops in downtown Franklin and got sticker shock. Many celebrities and country stars live in the Franklin area so you wont find as many bargains. Thankfully, I was there to go to the City Farmhouse Pop-Up show that had vendors from all over and found much better deals and prices.

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  15. Great find! I like the crazing. Makes you wonder about how it was used and where it's been all it's life! That's the "soul" that makes antiques so intriguing.

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  16. Wow! I can almost feel its weight just looking at it! How beautiful.

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  17. Great find! I can live with chips, dings and imperfections too. I think it adds character. =)

    Jeanine

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  18. Hope the DID give you a decent deal, Kim. Love that piece. You ought to completely fill with pine cones for January! : - )

    Looking forward to see how you use it throughout the year.\

    A very happy New Year to you!

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  19. Beautiful piece...and just on a recent trip I spotted a large "rounder" bowl with the same crazing but with no chips or anything. I knew it was either ironstone or buffalo china but it was only $20. and I thought I'll wait...but I'm heading back to get it and hoping it'll be there. Great find Kim.

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  20. This is such a wonderful piece - lucky find!

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  21. Oooooh I see a fun new stop (along my way to Atlanta) to check out! Thanks--
    Catherine

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  22. That's a pretty bowl. Sure makes a nice planter!

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  23. What a fabulous find Kim! Gorgeous!

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  24. Very pretty! The imperfections just add to the beauty of age.

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  25. Beautiful find! It has a good home!

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  26. Dear Kim, It is lovely and looks very nice with the ivy. I am glad you are happy with your find. xo Catherine

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  27. Love it, Kim! Can't wait to see the rest of the vignette! :)

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  28. So pretty! I grew up near Franklin. It's a lovely little town.

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  29. Oh, what a gorgeous, gorgeous bowl!! I would've paid more for this piece too. Great find, Kim!

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  30. Love Franklin and love your new find. The ivy looks great in it!

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  31. Lovely find! The warm white colour that takes ironstone when it ages is really interesting.

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  32. One of my daughters now lives on a farm near Franklin so we explore that cute and quaint little town every time I'm there. Last visit happened to be over Christmas and we went to city farmhouse where there are many many wonderful fines.

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  33. Now that is a beauty! I would have snagged that in a flash!!

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  34. That is a gorgeous piece! It's a footed punch bowl - love the patina. It certainly is early, and I don't recognize the maker. Rare indeed!!

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  35. I love shopping in Franklin! You found a real treasure for sure-- enjoy!

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