Featured 19th Century Water Plate

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Shangas, Jul 11, 2019 at 6:18 AM.

  1. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    Up until today, I'd only ever seen photographs of these things online. I always thought they were fascinating little inventions, and when one came up for sale, I nabbed it! There's a bit of glazing loss here and there (which may or may not be a manufacturing fault), but either way, there's no chips, cracks or breakages...

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    It's not super-large, but I think it's interesting and attractive enough. That said, if the chance came up to buy another one...well...then I'd have two of them!
     
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  2. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    So how does it work?
     
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  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Pour hot water into the openings - the water warms the porcelain and therefore keeps the food served on it warm longer. I remember "baby plates" that worked the same way (yes, from MY childhood.)
     
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  4. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Now I see. So in the 1800's when you are bringing from the kitchen that is in another building you could keep the food warm. Clever. (Not saying you were born in the 1800's :))
     
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  5. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    My mother always put the dinner plates in a warm oven before bringing them to the table to accomplish the same effect.
     
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  6. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS!!!

    Nice, Shangas!!! And it's not even SILVER!!!!!:):):)
     
  7. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    However that cobalt blue design will go nicely with all that shiney silver stuff. ;):D:D
     
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  8. Jaena

    Jaena Well-Known Member

  9. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    They were still making baby plates like this in the 20s and 30s. Pretty sweet find. I have a "slot" over my wall oven, created when we had to replace an older bigger oven with a smaller new one. (old one broke) The plates go up in there to keep warm. That works if you're eating close to the stove, but for a manor house it wouldn't.
     
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  10. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    Such things are still around. I had a Very Ornate silver one. Also had one made of fabric and something stiff. One could place a dinner plate on top of each stiff section - six places to be exact. The only problem was, the fabric was something calico, and my dinner plates were "the Queen is coming."
     
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  11. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    The only ones I've seen that there outside of the 1800s/early 1900s were the little kiddy ones.
     
  12. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

  13. Mugzinnys

    Mugzinnys Well-Known Member

    Lots of baby food warmer still around,this one the head pops out and you fill it with hot water it by Hankscraft

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