Informational References


 

There are many excellent resources of information for white ironstone.  Here are a few:
 

Diamond Registry Marks:
For an informative article about how to read English diamond registry marks on ironstone, click on the following link to open a .pdf file of this article:
Deciphering English Diamond Registry Marks on White Ironstone 

 

A Collector's Guide to Ironstone China in Museums & Historic Sites:
Are you looking for places to visit to see and learn more about white ironstone and its related wares?  This helpful guide published for the 2005 WICA Convention by the Bev and Ernie Dieringer is a free informative guide to finding ironstone around the country in museums and historic sites.  Click here to open A Collector's Guide to Ironstone China in Museums & Historic Sites(Note:  Document is in Portable Document Format (PDF).  To view and print PDF files you need Adobe's free downloadable Acrobat Reader.)
 

"White Ironstone Pitchers II" -- By Bev & Ernie Dieringer,
published in 2007 by the White Ironstone China Association, Inc.

The second Pitcher Book is finally ready.  The first book contained all the pitchers
 that are part of dinner, tea or bath sets.  This book covers everything else including
high relief, syrup, utilitarian, and child-size pitchers. 


$29.95 plus shipping
To Order: 
Click here for an WICA Shoppe order form
.

 

"White Ironstone Pitchers: An Identification Guide" -- By Bev & Ernie Dieringer, published in 2003 by the White Ironstone China Association, Inc.

The only collectorís guide for white ironstone pitchers, this book contains 295 shapes, many with detail views and English registry dates when known.
 
There are 80 pages in a 3-ring binder, with 460 photos plus over two hundred potterís marks. The pitchers are from chamber, tea and dinner sets which accounts for the variety of sizes.  The Index and Potterís Index are at the beginning of the book for easy identification of shapes.  This book includes what we believe to be the first coverage of late 19th Century pitchers.

$29.95 plus shipping
To Order: 
Click here for an WICA Shoppe order form

 

"White Ironstone China: Plate Identification Guide 1840-1890"
-- By Bev & Ernie Dieringer, © 2001.

A most comprehensive reference book of patterns with hundreds of photos and drawings.

 

"White Ironstone: A Collectors Guide"
 -- By Jean Wetherbee, © 1996.
 
A superb reference book with a chapter on Tea Leaf and other Copper Lustre decorated Ironstone.

 

"White Ironstone Teapots:  An Identification Guide"
 -- By Bev & Ernie Dieringer, © 2001.

 
This is a WICA Education Committee Publication and is available to WICA members.

 
   
 

Some other references for white ironstone or white ironstone-related information include:
 

  • White Ironstone Notes -- Official Newsletter of the White Ironstone China Association, Inc.  Editors, Rick Nielsen  Published quarterly Summer 2015 to Present.
     
  • A Look at White Ironstone and A Second Look at White Ironstone -- Both by Jean Wetherbee, out-of-print.  Reprints of the 1974 handbook are available to WICA members.
     
  • White Ironstone:  A Survey of its Many Forms -- By Dawn Stoltzfus & Jeffrey Snyder, © 1997.  Includes white ironstone, flow blue, mulberry, and copper lustre.
     
  • Encyclopedia of Marks on American, English, and European Eathenware, Ironstone, and Stoneware -- By Arnold A. & Dorothy I. Kowalsky, © 1999.  A must-have reference to identify marks.
     
  • The New Handbook of British Pottery & Porcelain Marks -- Geoffrey A. Godden (Revised edition 1999)  It includes an important list of the Registered Designs from 1839-83 and the later registry numbers from 1884-1999.
     
  • Godden's Guide to Ironstone Stone & Granite Wares -- Geoffrey A. Godden, © 1999.
     
  • Mulberry Ironstone:  Flow Blue's Best Kept Little Secret -- By Ellen Hill, © 1993 with updates in 1994 and 1996.
     
  • Handbook of Tea Leaf Body Styles -- A project of the Education Committee of the Tea Leaf Club International, Nancy Upchurch, ©  1995. Published by TLCI.
     
  • Grandma's Tea Leaf Ironstone" -- By Annise Heaivilin, © 1981, republished 1996 with no changes or corrections. Price guide has received much criticism for not being accurate. It's a classic but does not reflect current-day Tea Leaf knowledge.
     
  • American Tea Leaf: Manufacturers, Potters and Decorators -- By Julie Rich, © 1992, Published by Tea Leaf Club International.
     
  • Tea Leaf Readings -- The Official Newsletter of the Tea Leaf Club.  Editor, Chris Weinbrenner.
     
  • Body Language: A Glossary of Terms -- By Nancy Upchurch, © 1990, published by Tea Leaf Club International.
     
  • Antique Trader Price Guide to Antiques -- October 1987 Issue, special article entitled "Tea Leaf Ironstone", by Jean Wetherbee and Adele Armbruster.
     
  • Blueberry Notes -- Official Newsletter of the Flow Blue International Collectors Club.  Editor, Ellen Hill.
     
To find online resources of information, go to our Ironstone Links page.
 

 

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