What Is Ironstone China?

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Ironstone is a type of china popular with antique collectors. The china has a distinctive look and is usually easy to identify.

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Ironstone china was first produced by Charles James Mason in Staffordshire, England in 1813. The china began to be widely exported during the 1840s.


Ironstone china is usually predominantly white and sometimes features decorative floral, fruit and scroll patterns in a solid colour such as blue, black, red or orange. Rare ornate pieces with several colours are also sometimes seen.


Ironstone china is a heavy type of earthenware porcelain. Octagonal shaped dishes were very popular during the nineteenth century and are a common feature of ironstone.


Original ironstone china produced by Charles James Mason bares a mark that reads "Mason's Patent Ironstone China" above a picture of a crown.


The value of ironstone china is based upon the condition and rarity of the piece. While some pieces are worth £65 or less, some are worth up to £975.

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