Well Worn, But Well Loved . . .

January 17th, 2010 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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This piece I find particularly appealing.  The crazing on it seems very artistic.  Dont think I could ever part with it!
Each of these pieces were picked up for a song.  The large pitcher was a mere $10.  The smaller darker cream piece has wonderful color and crazing.
Some more well loved pieces.  The more discoloration, the better!
And whats a small crack anyway?  This vintage compotes a perfect choice for my bathroom.
How lovely is this coffee pot!  I paid a small price for it, just $25.  If it was perfect, it probably would have been far more expensive.
Love this piece.  Very interesting detail.  A prized possession,  with all its warts and all!
I wish . . . I had more ironstone?
Okay, so I may not have taken all my Christmas decorations down yet.  My bad!
This brown transferware water pitcher I purchased in actually quite good  condition.  But the piece underneath of it is just as appealing to me.
So when youre out looking for pieces, look for those that may have had a full life!  They may actually mean more to you.
This piece I find particularly appealing.  The crazing on it seems very artistic.  Dont think I could ever part with it!

This piece I find particularly appealing.  The crazing on it seems very artistic.  Don't think I could ever part with it!


I have a huge fondness for Ironstone.  The problem?  Sometimes it can be way too expensive.  But if you'd like to start a  collection, and don't want to spend a ton, look for the pieces that have been well used.  I seem to have more of an attachment to them anyways, and I look at their wear more as a work of art, than damage.  Who knows, you may also be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced they can be.


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Comments (21)

Iowaishome writes: I could not agree more. My favorite pieces are the ones that are damaged and cost just a couple dollars each.
I just found this site and LOVE it! Thanks for sharing. Posted: 8:05 pm on February 23rd
millworks writes: Love your style! Keep it up!! Maxine Posted: 10:48 pm on February 11th
junkinannie writes: Beautiful! I have the same view on character. If there are cracks, nicks and spots...someone must have loved it and used it often!

Love 'em!
Ann Posted: 1:49 pm on January 20th
CottageElements writes: dresdenjunkshun, I have to tell you a secret. I'm guarding it for a friend. LOL! She has gone modern in her decor, so I'm watching over it. Haha. I've been sworn not to ever get rid of it, or I have to give it back. But I may never, ever give it back :) I think Sue actually has a ball just like it. It's part of her round collection. I'd love to see yours, and your collection. You'll have to share it on JMS!

Lani Posted: 12:39 am on January 20th
dresdenjunkshun writes: Love all the ironstone but i REALLY love the string ball! I have a collection of string balls...this one is the second biggest one I've every laid eyes on...I have the biggest:)

Way back when ladies would save all the string from feedsacks, etc. and save it to crochet dishclothes. I have a jar full of small ones that I've found at various estate auctions over the years..usually in the bottom of a junk box.

My large one is about the size of a medicine ball and heavy! Found it at an auction and my heart starting beating faster and faster...I was sure I was going to have to give a fortune to own it!! BUT...no one else wanted it! Mine for $3.00!!! Posted: 11:12 pm on January 19th
CottageElements writes: Thanks y'all for the great comments. In this economy, finding something affordable is a must. And most of these pieces were picked up for well under $20. And like said, it makes you wonder more about who owned it previously. Janis, we definitely have got to get you started on some ironstone. Can't believe there isn't any where you are. I have almost way too much. I might have to send you a piece or two :)

Lani Posted: 11:58 am on January 19th
shabbychick writes: Lani - I LOVE IRONSTONE TOO! And your collection has lots of "character" - the more aged...the better. The pot/decanter with the yellowed flowers is absolutely amazing! I have quite a little collection too - and my favorite pieces are the chippiest and "craze-iest".

You're right that the more discolored pieces are usually very affordable.

Janis - sounds like we need to start a little collection for you! :)

Kathy Posted: 10:05 am on January 19th
RustyDiva writes: Love love love your collection! The creamy browns and stains are beautiful mixed with the whiter ones! Drooling as we speak! You have a very classy style Lani and a very classy collection.

Kenda Posted: 1:46 pm on January 18th
suewhitney writes: You know me...more chips and cracks mean more character. Love your collection!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 12:08 pm on January 18th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: LANETTE,
I love your collection.Had some years ago but sold it all at a auction.THANK'S FOR SHARING. ROBERT. Posted: 7:30 am on January 18th
54girl writes: It's always fun to look at other peoples collections. Love your Ironstone! I've been putting a little bit in my bathroom and bedroom. Also love the fact some of the pieces are not perfect.Great collection!! Mary Posted: 11:20 pm on January 17th
chippingcharm writes: Lovely Lani...yep, agree, agree a little age shows history and years of love. Laurel Posted: 9:43 pm on January 17th
SweetMelissa writes: Oh! DROOL!! I won't buy a piece of ironstone or pottery unless it has a chip or crazing! I call it Aged Perfection. And every time I look at one of mine it makes me happy knowing it was well used and loved. Posted: 9:32 pm on January 17th
fellowjunker writes: Hi Lani,
I have always loved vintage ironstone, but really only admired it from afar as I have never come across any!!! Your collection of vintage pieces is to die for and you have such a gift for displaying and arranging things!! I also never mind if something I love is chipped or cracked...it just adds to its character.
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 9:14 pm on January 17th
ninnarae writes: I love cracked and crazed pieces- I think they are beautiful and one great benefit- they often sell for a song! Posted: 8:57 pm on January 17th
JunkArchitect writes:
Lani, what a beautiful collection, the cracks and chips just add charm. It’s a more refined junk look.

Jim
Posted: 8:47 pm on January 17th
alicemom writes: Lani, Love your collection. The character of your pieces are beautiful.
smiles,alice Posted: 2:40 pm on January 17th
georgiamoon writes: Lani, I too have a love for ironstone. You have a great collection of it. I always try to keep some in the shop for sale and I ALWAYS buy the worn stuff. It looks so much better to me. There is nothing I like better than an old cracked, crackly, discolored, pitcher with flowers in it. One of my faves. Thanks for sharing your lovely collection, Georgia Posted: 1:50 pm on January 17th
MakinItHappen writes: When I was a child, we actually used plates that had that crazing and brown stains. I couldn't understand why my mom didn't toss them out and get new ones; now I wish I had them. Posted: 1:00 pm on January 17th
oldnews writes: So beautiful! I love the pieces the most that do have the cracks and nicks! You are so right, that's what gives it all it's character. When I look at them I can't help but wonder who held it, and what it once held. Gorgeous stuff! Marie Posted: 11:53 am on January 17th
upyourattic writes: Great collection - I think the cracks, crazing and discoloration add character...it makes you wonder who owned it and what did they think about it when it cracked?

Who wants bright, shiny, new stuff when you can have things that tell a story? I love that not much in my home came from some slick store! Who needs it? People come into my home and always remark that it's full of junk - wonderful JUNK! I love it!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful collection.
Patti Posted: 11:47 am on January 17th
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