Ideal Ironstone Ware is: “World’s Finest Ironstone; Oven-Proof and Craze-Proof’. It is stated quite clearly on the back of the plate; and it must be of the finest ironstone, because in over forty years it has indeed remained craze-proof [*which is more than can be said for me* etc, etc.]
This platter falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category. The realistic depiction of oysters- shucked and un-shucked amongst parsley leaves doesn’t get more prosaic – or more kitschy. And there’s a dipping bowl in the centre for the lime/lemon juice. All of it surrounded by a nice gilt edge- classy! What oyster-fancier wouldn’t love to own one?
Australians are a nation of oyster-eaters as we grow/farm one of the largest rock oyster species in the world. I count myself amongst one of the oyster-fanciers. The oyster platter is teamed with a plastic pineapple and a green ceramic cat- evidencing other innovations of the 60s.
The Ideal oyster platter is for sale: $AUD65