A timeless classic must-have is white Ironstone—plates, platters, pitchers, bowls, serving pieces and soup tureens. With humble beginnings as a heavy-duty staple commonly used for dinner service because of its iron-like durable qualities, white Ironstone can be dressed up or dressed down. What we love is that it is a perfect complement for so many other pieces.
White Ironstone plates make great chargers for glass dishes like green or pink Depression glass or ruby red, patterned dishes or solid colored fiesta. White Ironstone brings a holiday table to life through layering. Red dishes layered over creamy white Ironstone create an extra special Valentine, 4th of July or Christmas table. Even a Halloween table can come to life.
This classic lightens even the darkest places. Have a dark wood cabinet? Fantastic. Try layering different shapes of white Ironstone and watch the pieces sparkle. Place architectural pieces, mercury glass or silver plate items in front and the details shine.
White Ironstone platters are the perfect bases for displaying curated collections of your favorite pieces.
It can be used in every room of the house, from bathrooms to living rooms—so many pieces are simply elegant with few frills. The clean lines, the patina, the crazing create architectural interest. The versatility of layering with it in your home decorating—whether in tablescaping, accessorizing or bringing light to a dark area—makes us celebrate its durability, thankful that white Ironstone has survived the test of time.
Simone Gers began her antiquing journey 35 years ago when she married Tray, an avid collector. The couple still has the first piece they bought together—a pegged farm table that was so decrepit it was behind the antique store—and they have been upcycling vintage finds ever since. The Gers own Gather A Vintage Market in Tucson. Simone has taught writing and literature at the college level for many years.