Ironstone verses Porcelain.
Which is which?
Are they the same?
How can you tell the difference?
Some writers describe ironstone as merely
Ironstone was first produced in 1813 in
Staffordshire, England and exported
to the US in the 1840's.
Some call it heavy porcelain.
Others say that it is not porcelain.
Older ironstone has a bluish cast to it
and it later became creamy as you can tell
in comparing the two pieces above.
There are transfer-decorated pieces
including the Tea Leaf, Flow Blue,
|The bowl above is a new piece that i got for $3 at the local flea market.|
and the gold painted bowl, platter and creamer above.
Ironstone is safe for serving.
It can be cleaned with toothpaste, denture tablets,
Calgon water softener, or hydrogen peroxide,
BUT NO BLEACH.
My collection of old ironstone is used simply for display
or as a vase for flowers.
I use my newer pieces for serving at weddings and events.
Does anyone know?
Is Ironstone and Porcelain the same?