June 23, 2018

How to Stack Ironstone Platters

Hello, and welcome to a lesson in Ironstone stacking. 

I might be a little late getting into old ironstone, but I am learning, and the collecting bug has "bitten" me.  

It began innocently enough when many years ago a friend gave me a gorgeous English ironstone pitcher as a thank you for helping her. 

A few weeks ago I found four gorgeous old platters to add to my collection.  

They are the real deal. Old. Have markings. etc. 

This one is a little rough. 

 But this bit of pretty is just perfect. 

I was not sure where to put the new platters so I just stacked them on the counter (with cloth inbetween) and placed a small tureen on top. I filled it with some pumpkin filler for a bit of fall color. 

This was just a quick placement because I was not sure where these new pieces would go. Like so much...kitchen counters catch everything. ha!

But the new ones kept staying on the kitchen counter. :-)

After some browsing on Instagram for #ironstone, I saw what others were doing for displaying and storing their platters. 

Stacking. They were stacking their platters. Hmmm. I did not know that was an option, or a thing. :-) 

These are the recently purchased pieces. (above) 

Then I went to the china cabinet and pulled some out and began a real stack. There are five here. 

Stacking is tricky because the platters must be of similar shape, and they need to nest together nicely. You don't want too much pressure on the rims. 

I had to stack and restack to get just the right fit. Take your time when you try this. Don't rush and try to make something just "sort of" fit together. 
I like for the weight to sit on the centers/bottoms. 

I did not want anything to rub or put too much weight on another.

I put thin dishcloths between each platter to help cushion the rough bottoms from the smooth tops.

And then I wondered...How high can I go? 

Another Instagrammer encouraged me to go higher. So I did! 

I began with one of my largest platters and went all they way to my smallest.  

I began with three. 

I added a couple of more to make five. 

Then three more brought my stack up to eight.

Some platters were rejected because of improper fit. They went back to the china cabinet. 

All of my platters in this stack are a form of oval. 

Stacking sure makes for easy storage, or display. 

They are occupying a chunk of countertop real estate...but I like how they look. 

They become architectural....against my black pearl granite. 

Ironstone is very heavy so hanging pieces on the wall would require a very trustworthy system of hanging. 

I would love to have a rack in the kitchen just for my platters, but the lack of wall space makes that challenging. 

For now...I guess I will "stack." IF my collection should grow, I will have to rethink my display and storage options. 

Are you a stacker? 

If not, how do you display and store your dishes?

Until the next time...

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. I would not thought of stacking as a way of displaying platters. Can see why you would give up some kitchen counter space for these beauties.

  2. I love your ironstone collection dear friend. I specially adore the soup tureen and platters. I too have a dinner china for six I mostly use it daily.
    I posted a Fall setting with it for the visit from our nephew from NY.
    You are an inspiration.

  3. Hi Sheila! I built a platter rack and I love it! Now I use my platters because I don’t have to dig them out of storage.

  4. I like your stack! You have quite a platter collection. Stacking requires less space than other storage options - and in a beautiful display! -)

  5. I'm glad you brought this method of storage to my attention. I have several old family platters and now I plan to display them stacked with something special on top, as you did! :)

  6. Thats a great idea on stacking them. It’s decorative and functional!

  7. Love your stack!! Your new "pretty" platter may be Adams Ironstone pattern "Empress". Whatever it is, she's a beauty!!
    I have my bazillion pieces of ironstone on shelving in the kitchen that handy hubby put up for me! I have some of the smaller pieces in stacks, a few things hung on the wall behind the shelves, and the rest are sitting or standing with their "backs to the wall" :^) Being the uninformed decorator that I am, I have strings of white mini lights running around/behind them. I put up the lights one year for Christmas...loved them, and there they stayed! Still love them!!
    Blessings to you,

  8. Your collection is so nice. The dishes look great with black background and pumpkins. :)

  9. You have such a knack for displaying your lovely things. The tureen makes an eye-catching topper.
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

  10. I am definitely a stacker...wonderful plates...miss your posts!


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