This early Mason's Vista plate with the scenic transfer features an opulent formal garden theme with couples strolling and a castle in the background. This plate has a pretty scalloped edge and bears the Mason's Patent Ironstone China England mark used post 1891 and before 1923 when they started using Made in England. In wonderful condition, the plate measures 10.5 inches in diameter, there are no chips or cracks, there is some crazing, and one glaze pop on the back. I love old English transferware and Mason's Vista in pink is an enchanting example of why it is one of my all time favorite patterns.
According to Kovel's, "Mason's Ironstone was made by the English pottery of Charles J. Mason after 1813. Mason was given a patent for this improved earthenware. Some experts believe the name ironstone came from the slag, but others think it came from the fact that the ware was as hard as iron. It was usually called Mason's Patent Ironstone China. It resisted chipping and breaking so it became popular for dinnerware and other table service dishes. Vases and other decorative pieces were also made.".