21.10.11

Oval Plates-or Platters

I don't usually have luck at the thrift store, but when I stopped in last week I found four vintage oval plates, or maybe they would be called platters.


They look like restaurant ware that you might find in an old diner, but I'm not really sure. I love that they are oval and have a simple grey band around the edge. 

The marking on the back says 'Steelite Made in England" and they are fairly heavy. Would these be ironstone or china? Whatever they are, I think they were a good deal at $1.99 each, and I'm happy to add them to my dish collection.

I'm sharing with...
 Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

25 comments:

  1. Those are beauties. They are definitely hotel/restaurant ware and look to be in very good condition. I think they are what is called Vitresol china which is a process that makes them more sturdy for heavy use and dishwashing. There are several patterns of grey and white restaurant china, you may find other pieces that complement these. I have a couple of smaller grey and white that have a pattern like a spirograph would make. I think they are a great buy.

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  2. They look more like the size of plates than platters, but then again would be very useful for serving smaller quantities of things. I bet they are great pasta dishes as they look like they have a bigger edge to them. I love their simplicity.

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  3. Oh what great finds. I totally love them and you got a great buy I think. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Great find! I'd have snatched them up too.... I think they'll make fabulous plates! Maybe a table scape/setting is in your future with the new plates?

    ~Chris

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  5. What an awesome find!! I love those!!

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  6. Those are nice and roomy for a big meal! They do remind me of what you would find in a restaurant. I don't know if china is that thick though. So, it could be something else. I don't really know. Whatever they're made of, they look like they're good quality.

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  7. Great find! I have a thing for plates, and I would have bought them, too.

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  8. I would guess that they are ironstone, I'm surprised that it doesn't say, though.
    They are really nice, though, I'm glad you found them!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  10. great find. what luck. have a good weekend. (:

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  11. Hi Elizabeth, Steelite makes China for Catering, Restaurants, etc. I love Restaurant china, they're always heavier and have pretty patterns, or simple lines such as yours. Oval plates are wonderful for Buffet style dinners too, or even a BBQ. Great find!

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  12. Beautiful plants - I like very much the colour of them and of course all photos are wonderful . Greetings from Poland

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  13. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. These are beautiful plates! I can picture a hamburger and fries on one in a diner with stools at the counter can't you? Great find!

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  15. Sorry, I don't know if the plates are ironstone or china, but they ARE pretty cool and a great find :-) I really like plates that are a shape other than the typical circular shape.

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  16. I have these with a red border that I too found at a thrift store....scored 10 for a dollar a piece. Mine are Buffalo China and Pamela is right they are perfect for a hamburger and fries....or a salad too!

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  17. Not sure what they are Elizabeth but I love them...great find! ~Deb~

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  18. Great find - I love them! I can imagine they were once used in small tearooms in England... ;-)

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  19. I love them too, I look at plates all the time. I always talk myself out of buying them, I need to change that! Yours look great!
    Debbie

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  20. Great finds! I love the look of oval on a table. : )

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