Friday, March 9, 2012

White Ironstone Dishes

On one of my many junkin' jaunts a few years back, I came across a mismatched set of this white ironstone china...........

If I recall it was going for a who am I to turn down some more white dishes?!!

It's very plain and simple, with a pretty scalloped detail to the edge.......

There were 10 dinner plates, some salad plates, and two different sizes of a type of berry-dish....

I cannot even begin to tell you how often I use these smaller bowls......they are the perfect size for sides, applesauce, milk for the kitties (yes)......I am constantly reaching for them......

The pattern is a familiar one to me, we had a small platter when I was growing up that I blogged about here....., I kind of blamed this platter as the start of my ironstone addiction.....:)

Ever since then I seem to find stray pieces of this pattern every now and then, it seems to be quite common..

Especially the platters.....I've managed to accumulate a few of those, mainly the smaller sized.......

And one day I found a good sized serving bowl by itself, which I was very glad to have and put to use......

Although they aren't what I would consider delicate, they do show signs of being well-used.....some probably from my doing, as I use them frequently.....but that's OK.....I don't mind chips.......

There are no marks on the backs of the plates or bowls, but the platters do have "USA" imprinted on the bottom......

I have never been able to find out anything about these dishes and I am hoping maybe someone can tell me about them.....since they do show up from time to time I have to wonder, were they a promotional item?  A give-away like they used to do if you bought so many boxes of a certain laundry detergent??

I've inquired at a few places, but so far I don't have a pattern name or any background on them......

I would love it if anyone out there is familiar with them!!!

Thanks to all for visiting the blog today, and here's wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!!

devon :)


  1. I can't help you out with the pattern's name...but I CAN tell you how much I like it!

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  2. Same as them!!! Nice photos too! Enjoy your weekend.

  3. I see these all the time and used to sell every single piece I brought into the shop. I heard that they were some kind of giveaway too. But that's all I know. You have a fantastic collection. I love the cottage simplicity of the pattern. Somebody should get smart and start making them again!

  4. I can't believe I haven't been around for awhile....I owe you a longgggg much is going on.
    Beautiful set---gorgeous, actually.
    Hope all is well... xoxo

  5. Oh you lucky girl!!~ They are fabulous!!
    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  6. It looks like you've got quite the collection so far. They are just so pretty when displayed together as a set. I'm jealous!!! :)

  7. Devon,
    your collection of white ironstone dishes is lovely! Getting them for a great price is even better!

  8. I have that same pattern only mine don't have usa on the bottom.

  9. HI Devin,

    I love those dishes and would like them myself. FYI I just added you to my blog roll.


  10. Hello Devon!

    Your white ironstone dishes are so pretty! I love the design! I have some dishes that are similar, but not quite the same. :) If you ever find out any more about your dishes you will have to let us know! Now you have me curious... :)

    I hope you are doing well!


  11. Beautiful collection! I have a few of these dishes too. Found some of them in Houston and the rest at an antique shop in McKinney, Texas that has since closed. They told me they were from an old grocery store promo that lasted a few years and was a regional Texas thing - don't know if that's true or not. If I knew where to find more, I'd snatch them up too! They're so perfect. ~M

  12. Hello! I just found this blog post as I was trying to identify some ironstone platters/bowls I had. These are exactly what I have. I've picked them up at Goodwill and other thrift stores. I was wondering if you had been able to find out any more information about them?


  13. Those dishes are nice but a little to plain. I love plates and dishes with lots of color.

    -Zane of ontario honey

  14. Love the white ironstone! It's my favorite. I just put a bid on a piece on Ebay.

  15. Hi! I've just discovered your blog and also discovered a new love for ironstone. I look for them everywhere I go and I find a couple pieces here and there. There is a simple beauty to them! I to am born in 1961, so I think it's cool that you found a mannequin with those numbers on it. I just started blogging and am trying to be more diligent in posting. I'm spending too much time reading everyone else's! Just started following your. Blessings, Diane

  16. That is just amazing and gorgeous! I think the signs of usage just add to the beauty. I never tire of white dishes. You can mix anything with them!

  17. Love your ironstone collection, even with the chips, it just shows how well loved they are.
    I'm your newest UK follower.
    Great to meet you.

  18. I have been collecting thst style also. Just found 5 cups & saucers and some serving bowls in Missouri.

  19. I also am piecing this set of dishes together from a few pieces that my grandmother had that were given to me. I have a place setting for six with dinner plates, deeset plates, saucers, cereal bowls, a large platter and small, 3 serving bowls, but I am still in search of 4 soup/salad bowls (I have 2) and I can't find the coffee cups. I have most luck in thrift stores and flea markets. Are the ones you have a true white, mine are the same design just seem more ivory than white. I was told by an antique shop owner that they came in the large flour sacks, a gift with purchase thing. You never know what piece was in the bag. I have tried to find info on the net but have yet to find anything on it. If you come across the soup bowls I would love to buy them! Thanks for the blog, they are a lovely set. I am in north Alabama and am running out of places to look!

  20. Love your blog! Back in 1986, after my grandmother had past away, I found in her yard (of all places) one of these ironstone salad plates. Since then, over the years, I've only found 2 other pieces. Just recently, I came across in a thrift store, 3 of the dinner plates! I was so excited! Mine too, are an ivory color. I have never found any information on these plates until I came across your blog just yesterday! My mother told me that when my grandmother came home with a box of laundry detergent, she got to open the box and pull out the plate, platter, or whatever was in the box. My grandmother had quite a collection. I too, am an ironstone addict. Thanks for your blog!

  21. Love your collection and am so happy I found your blog! I was researching my collection doubting they were ironstone since I too find them so often. I love my pieces and could careless if they were or not but just wanted to know either way. Thanks for a great post!!

  22. Love your collection and am so happy I found your blog! I was researching my collection doubting they were ironstone since I too find them so often. I love my pieces and could careless if they were or not but just wanted to know either way. Thanks for a great post!!

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  24. These dishes were made by SCIO Pottery in Ohio. The pattern is called "Ransom" :)

  25. I just bought a large lot of these dishes at an estate sale. I'm trying to find out more about them. Did they indeed come in laundry detergent? I'm trying to find history, but it's tough going. Thanks for any information.

  26. Ashley is correct. Your lovely ironstone collection was made by Scio and was called "Ransom". My Grandma had a set of "soup plates" in this pattern. I have a set of them as well. Every time I find a piece of this pattern I feel like I just struck gold.

  27. I saw a few pieces on Replacements, of this SCIO Ransom pattern. I have a few pieces, I found at a thrift store, mostly the small bowls. My absolute favorite series is the Taylor Smith & Taylor Ever Yours everyday earthenware, from 1960's. I have always felt that I rescue these dishes, and provide a new home.

  28. the white dishes you love are from scio ohio and are called ranson ware, the pottery shut down in 1983

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  31. I CAN actually help you with the pattern! It's called Ransom by SCIO, an Ohio pottery company. I've honestly been looking for more of these dishes for YEARS so if you could give me some good places to look, I'd appreciate it :)