Vintage Mason’s Manchu Blue Ironstone Sandwich Plate
This Vintage Mason’s Manchu Blue Ironstone Sandwich Plate would make a lovely display item. Comprises cream ironstone, transfer printed with the Manchu Blue pattern, which is a deep blue. There is a finger hole each side of the tray for ease of carrying. The pottery colour is closest to that seen in the image below.
Maker’s Mark on The Base
Permanent Detergent Proof Decoration
‘MADE IN ENGLAND’ was introduced after 1923. GUARANTEED PERMANENT & ACID RESISTING COLOURS’ was added after 1940, and the crown shape was also subtly changed. This suggests that the plate dates to approximately the 1930s.
- Length: 28cm (11″)
- Width: 13.5cm
- Height: 2cm
In good vintage condition with no cracks, chips or restoration, with a few manufacturing blemishes including bubbles.
A lovely little miniature cake plate or sandwich/bread and butter plate for afternoon tea for two or just for display! It 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.