While I was spring cleaning I took all of my ironstone off the shelves and gave each piece a hot soapy bath.
I do believe I'd forgotten how lovely it is in all of its worn and crazed beauty.
The majority of my pieces were thrift store finds, including all of these pieces of Meakin ironstone.
Some ironstone is detailed, like the Meakin pieces above,
and some are plain like the one below, which is also made by Meakin.
Here's a piece with scalloped edges.
These two bowls are favorites because of the memory of how I found them.
Shortly after Mama passed away, I noticed an estate sale sign
in the same senior adult housing development she used to live in.
As I asked the people running the sale if their loved one had passed away as well,
I got a bit emotional.
I pointed out Mama's home to them and told them that she had passed away a few months previously.
I was a bit embarrassed at my emotions, but they were so kind in response.
These ironstone bowls were purchased from them.
I love the edging on these pieces.
This serving bowl is probably the oldest piece that I have.
This bowl is my most recent find, one of the few that I actually purchased at an antique store.
It's also one of the largest bowls I have.
These little handleless cups and saucers are a favorite.
I found a set of four at a thrift store.
Here you can see an ironstone platter on display on the shelves in my dining room.
And here's another large ironstone bowl.
I love it when I open my eyes and see old things that I already have with new appreciation.