Monday, March 8, 2010

2nd Time Around Tuesday

I am joining Diane today for 2nd Time Around Tuesday go over to her site, A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words, and see what other treasures bloggers are sharing.  I have really been finding the sherbets lately which is wonderful because I didn't have any until now.
I thought these were really elegant.  I found them at Goodwill.  I just love a bargain like that.  there were only three of them, but I will find a use for them.

I got these at the thrift store only 75 cents a piece.  I only had 5 of these and I didn't realize until I took this picture that they aren't exactly alike.  The sherbet laying on it's side has a larger pattern on it than the one standing up.  But, they look so much alike I wouldn't have a problem blending them on a table.
My other item is an Ironstone pitcher.  I bought this years ago at a flea market.  I have always loved it and I use it for flowers or display.
I am adding some information here about what ironstone is.  It often confuses people who collect exactly what is ironstone and what isn't.
Ironstone china is not porcelain; it is a porous, glaze-covered earthenware, consisting of clay mixed with iron slag and feldspar, and a small amount of cobalt.  First patented in 1813 by Charles James Mason in Staffordshire, England, it was decorated with under-glaze transfer patterns.  Eventually, by the 1840’s, undecorated, or white ironstone china, was being manufactured for export to the Americas.  This is the white ironstone china collected today. 
Other related collectible china includes Tea Leaf ironstone, which is white ironstone china decorated with copper luster banding and tea leaf shaped and other variant luster motifs.  Transferware is the transfer-decorated ironstone that was first patented by Mason.  Flow Blue is ironstone with a blue design, either a transfer pattern or hand painted brush stroke, that has been fired in an atmosphere containing volatile chlorides which has caused the design to blur or bleed into the clear over-glaze.     
Information obtained at:

Here is a really common motif you will see on some ironstone pitchers.

My ironstone pitcher is marked Ironstone China.   

My collection of transferware is also considered Ironstone China and is marked as such on the bottom.

Here is an example of Flow Blue Ironstone.  Image obtained from Replacements, Ltd.

I enjoy buying and repurposing 2nd time around treasures.  Go on over to Diane's site and see what other treasures are being linked.  I will also link to Tuesday Trivia Tie In at I Refuse To Recede.  Please go visit those links and see what trivia is posted.



Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Sherry!

Oh, lots of treasures! Love that pitcher!

KayC. said...

I love the pitcher :-)

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Love that pitcher. Thanks for sharing the info on ironstone. Cute glasses, too.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

WOW Great finds!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I don't think anyone will ever realize the two sherbert glasses don't match, so don't worry. My mother used to have sherbert glasses and we often had ice cream or fruit in them. I'd love to have some, but lack room to store them. The ironstone pitcher is very nice.

Shirley said...

I love white ironstone and this is a beautiful pitcher!!!!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

The pitcher is beautiful, I can just see it full of cut flowers from the yard. What a great find and the info about stoneware is very informative, thanks for sharing.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Sherry...

Ohhh what a sweet and interesting post, my friend! I'm always shopping the thrift stores for great treasure finds! I love your pretty sherbet glasses! You know, I still couldn't tell the difference in the patterns of those pretty sherbet must be very subtle! Anyway, I do love that pretty! What great treasure finds!!!

I am a collector of ironstone! I love all the white ironstone pitchers...your's is gorgeous! Ohhh...and I love your beautiful blue transferware! Sooo pretty! Thank you for including a little history on ironstone..that was so interesting! And...thank you for sharing a few of your ironstone pieces with us. I really enjoyed your post, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design
( name is pronounced the same as yours...just spelled differently. It's so nice to meet you, Sherry!)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherry....

It's just lil' ol' me again! Hehe!

I just wanted to come back and leave you a note to let you know that I added your delightful blog to my list of blog follows! I'm so happy to have found you, my friend! I sure did have fun looking down through some of your past posts! I love your style and I think we have several things in common! I'm looking forward to your upcoming posts and getting to know you! So very nice to meet you, Sherry!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Lady Katherine said...

The sherbert glasses are wonderful as the pitcher , which could be used for iced tea! Love the info on Ironstone! This would be great on Tea Time Tuesday too. For it doesn't have to be a Tea. Just anything you want to show and tell. I will be linking to Diane next week, should have this week for I for got to say my Old Country roses Tea set is 46 years old and I am using it a second time around.

Troy said...

Hi Sherry,

Thanks for linking up for Tuesday Trivia Tie-in this week. Diann has been picking up a fe pieces of Ironstone here and there, but beyond the term, I didn't really know much about it.

I learned some new things today.

And of course, Sherbet would taste equally wonderful out of either dish.