ID China Piece?

annztoo

Couldn't find another forum to ask this question so thought I'd post here. I'm going thru old china I inherited from my MIL and am puzzled as to what this is. I've found candle holders that are similar but this one doesn't have the holder for a candle.

You think this is a candle holder?

Thanks!


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kadefol

No idea what it is, but it almost looks like it has a built-in napkin ring.

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joyfulguy

Candy dish?

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schoolhouse_gw

Yes, probably candy or perhaps a nut dish.

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maddielee

If you post on the antiques forum there are knowledgeable people who will help you. pretty piece (looks like a candy dish to me too).

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margaritadina

Small diameter plate with a finger holder/top handle is usually a lemon server but does not have to be just a lemon server - will perfectly fit as chocolates, creme puffs, etc, serving plate for a small gathering. Yours look like loved fine antique German or Prussian piece. But I am not an expert (just love antique china).

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Sammy

I’m thinking it’s a nappy plate by, perhaps, Lefton China?

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marilyn_c

I think it is a cheese plate. I found one on Ebay but don't know how to post a link on my phone. Not to be confused with a cheese keeper that has a domed or otherwise tall cover.

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annztoo

Thanks for all the suggestions. Maddie.....I should have considered the Antiques forum! Duh.....

Sammy, you're correct, it is by Lefton China. But what is a nappy plate? :)

Margarita, it definitely was loved and cared for, but I don't think it's an expensive piece. My MIL often hosted a Bridge group at her home and I'm sure she used this in some form.

Here's what I found on ebay that is similar.


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Texas_Gem

I googled lemon server plate like margaritadina suggested and these are the image results.

I think she is right.

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Iris S (SC, Zone 7b)

I am so uneducated....what do you need a lemon server plate for? To squeeze lemon in tea? Sorry, don’t want to interrupt. Just very curious about this.

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annztoo

Texas_Gem, thanks for confirming it's a lemon plate. I wouldn't be surprised if MIL didn't use it for lemons, especially with all the iced tea she served there in the South. A big Thank You to everyone!

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colleenoz

You can also serve lemons with fish.

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maifleur01

From the look of the plate I think it is from the early 1960's or before. Very, very few women when they entertained their friends at gatherings would simply toss lemon slices or wedges onto a plate or into a bowl like many do today. My great aunt's very proper bridge club would have been horrified at the thought. There was probably some tongs that went with it.

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socks

Why would a lemon plate need a handle?

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schoolhouse_gw

Learn something every day.

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annztoo

maifleur, you explained it perfectly. My MIL would have used it around the 1960's and it would have been used only during her bridge club meetings. I don't have any tongs but it's possible she used the small serving forks.

For those that are interested, here is some additional info I found. I finally learned what 'nappy' is. : )

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