Offered for sale is an early 20th century dinner sized plate, probably by Mason's. To its centre is a transfer printed engraving of Windsor Castle in ochre tones.
The plate bears no backstamps or markings, however, it is decorated in what looks very reminiscent of the "Mandarin Brown" Mason's pattern which is the inky ironstone blue and ochre on an ivory ground.
Probably dating from the 1920s but pre-1940s it was one of the first ‘Amber Glaze’ products produced by Masons.
Charles James Mason registered the patent name ‘IRONSTONE’ in 1813 for the ‘Improvement of the Manufacture of English Porcelain, "IRONSTONE PATENT CHINA" Patent number 3724.
The name was soon adopted by competitors, whom were using similar materials. Contrary to popular belief, Ironstone does not contain iron. The name is derived from its ‘iron-like’ strength and durability.
Ironstone is an earthenware vitreous pottery with stoneware appearance and properties. It was mass produced as a cheaper alternative to porcelain. In 1922, Mason’s Ironstone introduced "Amber Glaze" describing it as "a ground colour of the ware, is a soft pale Ivory and the colouring unusually fine". "Minuet" was the first pattern produced in this new glaze and Mandarin soon followed.
There is one small chip on the rim which isn't really noticeable, there is also some age related crazing. Other than that there are no chips, cracks or signs of restoration.
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