White Ironstone and Green: A Simple Setting for Saint Patrick’s Day

On Saint Patrick’s Day, we are all Irish for one day.

Yes, there are green beers, green rivers, and silly green hats. Before the festivities, begin with a simple dinner. Everyone seems to have their favorite Irish Stew, Shepherds Pie, and potatoes. Our family favorite is Red Cabbage and Apples with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots.

Setting the table with White Ironstone is a natural choice. A simple dinner with heavy old Ironstone that stands the test of time. No matter how egregious the gathering.

Large Dinner Plates for Hearty Appetites. These are Buffalo China.

Old White Ironstone brings history to the table. Greenwood China opened its doors in the 1860s in Trenton, New Jersey. Potters were welcomed to America for their knowledge, ability, and experience. They built potteries and produced pottery for a growing population that need porcelain goods and tableware. The Trenton Historical Society offers an outline of this history.

Greenwood China, White Ironstone Plate, Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1860s.


Saint Patrick’s Day is a special day in our family. Alyssa, the oldest, was born on March 17. She was given a very special gift, the knack of finding four leaf clovers. Uncanny.

Braised Red Cabbage With Apples Recipe – NYT Cooking

Classic Restaurant Ware – The Green Crest Border

If there is one pattern that defines restaurant ware then perhaps, a green crest border would find a place in the top three patterns. But still, it is not easy to find in quantity these days. But sometimes, a tall stack of these old diner dishes appears in a dusty old basement or the back room of a restaurant. Like these. . . . stacks and stacks of plates.

Green Crest Restaurant Ware


Plain Old White Ironstone Bowls – Perfect for Chili

Plain Old White Ironstone Bowls – Perfect for Chili

Plain Old White Chili Bowl, Buffalo China

A good chili bowl should hold chili. A better than good bowl for chili should not be too wide  – leave the wide bowl for cereal. A wide bowl holds the contents certainly but the narrower width means that the chili will cool down quicker. Maybe a small thing. But early pottery manufacturers in Ohio recognized these small yet critical differences for the food service industry – restaurants, hotels,…

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