Ironstone china, ironstone ware or most commonly just ironstone, is a type of vitreous pottery first made in the United Kingdom in the early 19th century. It is often classed as earthenware although in appearance and properties it is similar to fine stoneware.
How do you know if ironstone is real?
A piece of ironstone will always feel heavier than it looks. It has a wonderful luster about it as well, that can be easily recognized if you know what youre looking for. If the piece has a handle, hold it by the handle and flick the body of the piece. It will make a lovely ring if it is free of chips or cracks.
Can you eat off of Ironstone?
This should be taken into account if the desire is to use the piece for serving food. Pieces that are chipped, cracked, crazed, or have other signs of deteriorated glaze should never be used for serving food. Old ironstone should be hand-washed, should never be put in an oven or microwave, and should never be bleached.