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What is Ironstone? Snippet Of The Day Number 1

Vintage Masons Ironstone Toothpick Holder Mandarin pattern

What is Ironstone? Snippet Of The Day Number 1

Today, I thought I would share with you What is Ironstone? Snippet Of The Day Number 1. This is a mini-blog about Ironstone, as you probably expected from the title!

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.

Mason wasn’t the first manufacturer to actually produce ironstone. This accolade is usually attributed to William Turner of Lane End Potteries, Staffordshire, UK in 1800. He sold his patent to Spode whom produced the bluish/ white ironstone many of us are familiar with.

1990s Blue Spode Italian 1816 Reproduction Mantel Clock S3624Y
1990s Blue Spode Italian 1816 Reproduction Mantel Clock S3624Y

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

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

Famous British Manufacturer’s of Ironstone (Earthenware) include Spode; Mason’s; T&R Boote, Swadlincote Potteries amongst many others.

What is Ironstone? Snippet Of The Day Number 1
1850 Mason’s Chinoiserie mug

In 1922, Mason’s Ironstone introduced Amber Glaze described as ‘a ground colour of the ware, is a soft pale Ivory and the colouring unusually fine.’ Minuet was the first pattern produced in this new glaze and Mandarin soon followed.

Vintage Masons Ironstone Toothpick Holder Mandarin pattern
Vintage Masons Ironstone Toothpick Holder Mandarin pattern

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