What Is Johnson Brothers Royal Ironstone of England?

Royal Ironstone is a china pattern created and manufactured by the Johnson Brothers in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England. The product gets its name from the material used, which looks like china but is as tough as ironstone.

The four Johnson brothers, Henry, Robert, Alfred and Fred, started making earthenware and sanitary ware in 1883. After 1918, the popular Dawn range of coloured bodies was launched and Johnson Brothers began exporting its tableware throughout the British Empire. They created award-winning designs, such as Old Britain Castles and Historic America, that became very popular. The company was twice awarded the Queen's Award to Industry for their contributions to the British economy. Johnson Brothers joined the Wedgwood Group in 1968. In 2003, manufacturing was moved from Britain to China.