My Alpine Home

Saturday, September 20, 2014

PITCHER Perfect Week. . .

You know when something bad happens or something breaks down you often hear people warn you to, “Be careful, bad things come in threes!”

Well, I think that the same thing goes for good things. . .in a weeks
 time I scored three cute little pitchers at our local thrift shops.

The first one I found was this wonderful brown transferware.  $10, but so worth it!

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Perfect addition to my Fall mantle!

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Then yesterday was the grand opening of a new thrift shop called Tags.  Look at what I found for $1.
This darling cherry pitcher that matches a bowl that I found at a thrift shop a few years ago.

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I placed it next to the bowl on my open farmhouse kitchen shelves.

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Cute, cute!

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Then I also found this sweet little white one at our local D.I.  Another $1 find.

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It also found itself a home on one of my open shelving.

It looks awfully sweet next to my larger one.

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Now my question for all of you savvy ironstone collectors.  “How do you know if it is ironstone?”  The only marking on the bottom is U.S.A.

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Well, if you ask me; it’s been a pitcher perfect week!

hugs,

Jann

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I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Thoughts From Alice for Sundays at Home
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday
A Revisionary Life for Thrifty Life Thursday
Melissas Antiques for Thrifty Things Friday





42 comments:

Kathleen said...

Great finds! Not an ironstone expert, but I will check back to see the answer!
Happy last weekend of Summer!

Susie said...

Jann, Those are the kind of threes I like. That pitcher with the pumpkins is adorable. The cherry pitchers goes with the bowl and the salt/pepper shakers so well. Love it...and you know I am trying to collect white pitchers cause they go with all things. Great eye on the decorating, love it. xoxo,Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love all three of your pitchers. I am not an ironstone expert either, but Miss Mustard Seed said it is glaze covered earthenware with many makers and not all pieces are marked. Not much help am I!

hugs,
Linda

Carmen Whitehead said...

What incredible finds Jann! I love all of them! It was serendipity to find the little red pitcher that matched the platter.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Jann,
Love all your pitchers. The brownstone is so pretty and looks great with all your fun pumpkins. Not an expert on Ironstone and have the collection. I kind of buy them for their looks, function and cost. So if it is reasonably priced and I think it is pretty I get it. Sorry no help from me!!! Have a great week end.
Kris

chateau chic said...

Love your brown transferware pitcher, which is most likely ironstone. I'm really liking that color, especially for fall. And yes, I would call the little pitcher that has USA on the bottom ironstone...it's probably newer than the ones with the stamp from England, but still vintage.
Mary Alice

Liz said...

Wow, those are some great finds! Really neat that you found a pitcher to match a year later! Love how you display all of your wonderful finds. Everything looks so nice!
Liz

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The red and white pitcher and plate look darling on your open shelving and the pitcher was meant for you, Jann! The brown and white transferware pitcher is pretty on your fall mantel, too. I have no idea how to tell if a piece is ironstone, but if it's heavy, I figure it is. Great finds!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Well I would definitely say that you did have a "pitcher perfect week"....My fav is the brown transferware..beautiful !!...Congrats on your great finds!!

Fran said...

$10 for the brown transferware pitcher is a great price! I have the same pattern, Charlotte Royal Staffordshire, in plum. I don't have the pitcher, but you can bet if I could find one for $10 I would be doing a happy dance. Good for you! :) --Fran

Gigi Harlan said...

Definitely pitcher perfect! I love them all and it's amazing how wonderful the red one goes with the dish. It's like they were made for each other! Great finds!

kate steeper said...

the only way i can tell ironstone is the weight and the fact that when you chip it its more granular, not suggesting you try that , theyre to pretty

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Oh they are all gorgeous. What a find to get the one to match the bowl. I can't tell ironstone unless it's marked either. Sorry but I know Jacqueline at Cabin and Cottage is a collector and knows her ironstone

Rita C. said...

Beautiful pieces, fantastic prices. I'm just a tad bit jealous, ok, VERY jealous, but happy for you!

I'm no appraiser or expert, but I do know a little on the subject.

The terms ironstone, china, porcelain, stoneware - they're all used rather loosely and interchangeably, but there are differences - primarily in the materials. All are types of ceramics, a broad term used for the common trait of firing from clay to make hard. The term china is basically a reference to the country (China) from which we imported porcelain.

The term ironstone was basically a marketing gimmick for a very durable stoneware (harder than earthenware such as terracotta, stronger than porcelain), first patented by Charles James Mason (Staffordshire) in 1813. It was usually white, but also had transfer-prints. After Mason's patent expired, many were quick to duplicate, and the US mainly imported starting in the 1840s (mostly white), then began producing from 1850s on.

While ironstone does not contain ironstone, it is also NOT porcelain, which is more translucent (contains melted glass, and also rings when tapped).

As a collector, the bottom line is always what do you love and what are you willing to pay for it! Enjoy, Jann.

Beth Leintz said...

Your open shelves with shades of cream and white and touches of that pretty berry color are just darling. Love the brown transferware pitcher, too. In my mind you can't go wrong with brown transferware.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

GREAT finds, ya done good, lady!
Everything is styled perfectly too!

priscilla said...

Love all 3 of your new pitchers Jann !

Kris said...

Indeed! I love them all! And somehow I missed your Fall porch post. So pretty. I am just giddy over Fall! Although it has cooled, it is still far too hot for my taste. I am eager for chili weather!!!
hugs
Kris

Rose L said...

Now you need to have more parties to use all those pitchers!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lovely pictures and funny title!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Oh my Jann, I love all your pitchers. So much eye candy here. I collect ironstone pitchers too but you have a very lovely collection. My favorite is the brown one.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Janet

Barbara said...

Jann your pitchers are just lovely! What great finds and they are displayed beauitfully!
XO Barbara

must love junk said...

Jann, gotta love a 'pitcher perfect week'! Great scores :)
Susan

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Love, love the little pitcher with the red on it! Always wanted a red and white kitchen just for things like that!

Leovi said...

Very nice, exquisite designs! Beautiful photos!

Fran. said...

Hi Jann love your GOOD lucky three finds!! Sweet pitchers!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your interest in "Wren in the Willow"!! I had put her in my shoppe and sold her in two days. I didn't see your comment til after that and my surgery. I'm makin more goodies all the time!! LOL Keep chieckin and maybe soon I can make another "Wren in the Willow" she was a blast to make!! XOXO Love ya Fran.

Doreen@househoneys said...

Fabulous scores Jann! I'm so glad you asked the question about ironstone because I've wondered the same myself. From reading the comments it looks like it's not so easy to determine, does it? lol

Fran. said...

Hi Jann the alpacas in my post are in Oxford, MI. Such an awesome place!! And what a dream to be able to have a farm like that!! I am making another Fall like doll and I have some cool pumpkins on my facebook page not in my shop yet. I also just sold a Fall doll in my etsy. I am stitchin like cray cray!! XOXO Love Fran.

handmadehomegrownbeautifullife.com said...

Once again, you created a beautiful post! I am loving the white pieces with the red trim, especially the pieces with the cherries on them. There is something so homey and cozy about red and white. My kitchen is red and white and I love it , every season.

Zaa said...

Lovely finds.... red and white always warms my heart during the fall season...I agree that it is cosy,warm and complimentary to taking the time to have a cup of tea... Thanks for sharing...hugs

Angélica D said...

Hi Jane ¡,Great finds! Beautiful pieces, fantastic prices.
Angelica

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Love your find, and I would of killed for that brown transferware for $10. I've heard many say ironstone has a "feel" to it. I sometimes think ironstone are "heavier" and thicker than none. have a great day!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love little pitchers. Well, big ones too! The one with the cherries to match your plate is really cute.

srpprcrftr said...

I am loving all your wonderful awesome lovelies on your farm shelves. You have really good luck finding goodies, I envy you. Our thrift stores are so expensive here, if I do find something I'd love like you did it would be way over my budget. We live few miles west of Grand Junction, CO where it is expensive to live. All your little pitchers, that platter by the cherry butter dish, all of it I'd love to have. Do you ever sell any of your awesome finds?
Happy week

Karen said...

Oh Jann,
I love your recent finds. I have a collection of jugs and I would have bought those too! What a lucky day for you. I love your beadboard and open shelving. I want to do this but hubby is reluctant. It is so very beautiful. Happy Autumn! Karen

Kris Anderson said...

the red pitchers - LOVE and want one...

hugs

Nancy Reinke said...

Okay, that's it Jann! I've been wanting to make some fabric pumpkins out of wool and now that I've seen yours I'm really motivated. Love this entire post. I know I could move right into your beautiful home. Hugs, Nancy

Alice Wingerden said...

Love it! And your little pumpkins!

Diana Petrillo said...

What a lovely trio of pitchers you found, and such terrific deals! I will add one thing to what Rita said about Ironstone--it's weightier than other types of china. I just read an article that said the name ironstone comes from it's durability--tough like iron!

Susan Clayton said...

A trifecta! Each one is a gem.

Melissa said...

Love the ironstone pitchers. Thanks for sharing @ TTF.

Revi said...

Good question! I have some pieces that say, and others that do not, and they look and feel the same. Thanks for sharing this week at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!