I started collecting Vintage Ironstone in the last few months, slowly growing a beautiful ensemble in my hutch. I was inspired by all of the beautiful collections seen pictured in decorating magazines, blogs, and videos of farmhouse decor. It’s not easy to find – I come across a piece or two every week, but early in February, the thrifting gods must have been smiling on me, and I brought home a ton of beautiful examples for a song.
I don’t know much about it, to be frank. But a little research revealed that Martha Stewart is credited for the recent rise in popularity of white ironstone when she featured it on her show and in her magazine. Here is a link to a Martha Stewart video that is well worth the watch – it will help you to identify features to look for, and give you some ideas about potential values.
Another website identified that some of the most collectible pieces were “sugar jars” – something I had never heard of before. Older examples are generally “chunkier” in style and have a bluish cast to the glaze and are also much larger than their modern counterparts. That was good news for me, because a large bluish sugar jar was among my purchases.