THE COLONY STATES AND THEIR DISHES

I have a love for English transferware and Old English Ironstone. It is a rare occasion to find these pieces at a yard sale or even an affordable antique shop, here in Birmingham. We have a few shops here that specialize in English Transferware but the prices are unattainable for me.

 
 
When mom and my sister and I traveled to Fredrick, MD for the Lucketts fair and to see Marian, we went into more antique stores than I get to go into in a year. It was so much fun! I can’t wait to go back. One thing that I noticed was the abundance of ironstone and transferware in this part of the country. It was everywhere! I saw the same tureen in one antique mall in about 4 different dealers booths for around 24.00. What?? If I were to find that same tureen here, do you know how much it would be? Around 60- 95.00.
I wish that we had had time to ship things home. It was such a quick trip and all of the UPS stores were closed on Sunday. We were pressed for time and couldn’t make up our minds on what we should do.

 
 
So why the price difference?
I am most certain it’s supply and demand. There is an abundance of these pieces in the Colony States. My sister packed as much transferware as she could get in her suitcase! She bought 4 large pieces for what she could have gotten for one piece here……IF she could find it here.

 

I came to the realization that you guys in the Colony states have it all because in the early 1800’s, England began to import it to the American Colonies as well as to Canada.
It was vastly popular because of it’s durability and ability to be passed down to so many generations. More solid white ironstone was imported than the patterned transferware. The potters in England discovered that the English Colonies preferred a “no fuss” plain dish. 
 
 
 

Over the years, I have found a few pieces here and there.
I found several pitchers at estate sales……
 
 


 
And the only Mulberry pattern I have ever seen in my life at a yard sale this past fall.
I nearly hopped right out of my skin when I saw it. I wished So badly that I had gotten there sooner.  So much more of it went out before I got there.*sigh*
 



You guys in the colony states are the lucky ducks. You have all the good antiques!
If you ever find yourself coming this way, load up your car with what ya got! I am most certain you could make enough money to pay for your trip. Better yet…..hook a sister up and call me!
 
 

Comments

  1. Have you tried Replacements, Ltd. online at replacements.com? They sell all sorts of antique and vintage dishware, including ironstone and transferware – over 300,000 patterns! – by the piece and their prices seem to be quite reasonable on most of it. They also carry china, silver and collectible pieces. It's a really awesome site, you should check it out if you haven't already. Happy hunting! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Have you tried Replacements, Ltd. online at replacements.com? They sell all sorts of antique and vintage dishware, including ironstone and transferware – over 300,000 patterns! – by the piece and their prices seem to be quite reasonable on most of it. They also carry china, silver and collectible pieces. It's a really awesome site, you should check it out if you haven't already. Happy hunting! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. You've probably tried Ruby Lane? Your dishware is just gorgeous!!

  4. You've probably tried Ruby Lane? Your dishware is just gorgeous!!

  5. I collect red and blue transferware. Started with red pieces and use with ruby red glassware and old silver in my china cabinet. Then decided I wanted some blue displayed in our kitchen. I also have a few pieces of brown. LOVE TRANSFERWARE!!! I am in Tennessee but we have some decent antique shops where I find transferware – sometimes at great prices!!! I have bought many pieces on ebay and etsy. I do not stick to a single pattern – prefer to mix it up and much prefer to buy pieces that were made in England.

    tina

  6. I collect red and blue transferware. Started with red pieces and use with ruby red glassware and old silver in my china cabinet. Then decided I wanted some blue displayed in our kitchen. I also have a few pieces of brown. LOVE TRANSFERWARE!!! I am in Tennessee but we have some decent antique shops where I find transferware – sometimes at great prices!!! I have bought many pieces on ebay and etsy. I do not stick to a single pattern – prefer to mix it up and much prefer to buy pieces that were made in England.

    tina

  7. So cool, amazingly awesome- I posted this on my face book page. Wish I could see the entire exhibit! Thank you for these!

  8. So cool, amazingly awesome- I posted this on my face book page. Wish I could see the entire exhibit! Thank you for these!

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