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!