Ironstone originated in the United Kingdom in the early 19th century, as an alternative to porcelain. Ironstone was patented in 1813 by a company founded by Charles James Manson in Staffordshire, but later became generic. 

The popularity of ironstone grew, as unlike porcelain, ironstone was cheap and could be mass produced, making it more accessible to the public. The strength and durability of ironstone made it useful in constructing larger ceramic items as well. Given their durability, vintage ironstone pieces are considered to be collectable pieces, particularly those manufactured by Manson. 




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