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Vintage Mason's Ironstone 'United States' Ship Nautical Collector's Plate

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Vintage Mason's Ironstone 'United States' Ship Nautical Collector's Plate

This Vintage Mason’s Ironstone ‘United States’ Ship Nautical Collector’s Plate would make a lovely display item. Comprises cream ironstone and a transfer printed pattern, which is a pale blue.

The plate could be from Mason’s series ‘American Marine Blue Nautical plates.’ Alternatively, it could be commemorating being a holder of the ‘Hales Trophy‘ or ‘Blue Ribbon,’ for the fastest ship to cross the Atlantic. United States took the Blue Ribbon in 1952.

Maker’s Mark on The Base



Made in England

‘United States’

53,329 tons. Maiden voyage was from New York on the 3rd July 1952. Achieved an average speed of 35.39 knots. The Hales “Blue Riband” trophy was presented to the United States line in 1952. She sailed from New York for Le Havre, Southhampton and Bremen for the last time on 25th October 1969 and was sold to the United States Cruisers Inc.


‘MADE IN ENGLAND’ was introduced after 1923; this commemorative plate dates to approximately the 1950s-70s.

Approximate Measurements

  • Plate Diameter: 26.7cm (10.5″)
  • Plate Height: 2.5cm (1.0″)

In very good vintage condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. It has a few superficial surface scratches/scuffs and manufacturing blemishes, including bubbles. Makes a nice addition to a Mason’s Ironstone collection.

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Some History For You

Charles James Mason registered the patent name ‘IRONSTONE’ in 1813 for the ‘Improvement of the Manufacture of English Porcelain, IRONSTONE PATENT CHINA:’ Patent number 3724. The name was soon adopted by competitors, whom were using similar materials.

Contrary to popular belief, Ironstone does not contain iron. Its name is derived from its ‘iron-like’ strength and durability.

Ironstone is an earthenware vitreous pottery with stoneware appearance and properties and was mass produced as a cheaper alternative to porcelain.

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