Choice

In buying china it is wise (where means are limited) to buy a pattern which can always be matched, and deficiencies renewed. The great points to be secured in the choice of china are transparency and thinness; the maker's mark also is found on most of the good specimens.

Porcelain

The difference between earthenware and porcelain lies in the fact that the latter is a half-vitrified substance in a state between earthenware and glass, and is thus a more transparent material.

STONEWARE is hard pottery, glazed with fused salt; it is manufactured on a large scale in Staffordshire. It is made in pretty shapes and neat patterns, and being very strong, is well adapted for use in schools and large families.

How To Mend China

Riveting

For valuable china, or china which will constantly be washed, this mode is most advisable and can be done cheaply - but not by the amateur. Seccotine, fish glue, and diamond cement are all good for repairing. Before applying either, the broken edges must be quite clean and dry. Warm them before a fire, and then brush over a very small quantity of the adhesive mixture, and bind the broken parts tightly together. When several pieces of the same article are broken, the most satisfactory way is to allow one piece to set before attempting to join another. Another good plan is to paint the edges with white of egg , dust with a sprinkling of plaster of Paris, and press them together. This is a colourless medium and does not show a dark crack.

China Pantry

The edges of two or more shelves in the china pantry should be fitted with hooks on which to hang cups, custard glasses, hot water jugs, etc. In choosing hooks, remember that the curved hooks are much safer than the square, as with the latter there is more danger of the handles of cups being broken off. An inventory of the contents should be placed on the wall, so that all breakages can be recorded and articles renewed when necessary.