Welcome to Strictly China's China And Dinnerware Glossary. Knowing all
the terminology can be a key to finding replacement china or dinnerware.
While we have done professional china replacements for 12 years and
we stock many fine patterns of discontinued china
and discontinued tableware, if we don't properly communicate,
the customer may have trouble finding the pieces they want.
An excellent example is Chop Plate and Charger. They have essentially
the same definition. So, I might have what you want in stock but under
As a service to our friends, here is a partial glossary of terms. We
will add to it as we gather more definitions.
|3 Piece Place
Setting - Dinner and Salad plate and Mug or Dinner and Salad
plates and Soup bowl. Dinner plate, Cup & Saucer or Dinner plate,
Soup bowl and Mug
4 Piece Place Setting - Dinner and Salad plates and Cup &
Dinner and Salad plates Soup bowl and Mug
Dinner, Salad and Bread plates and Soup bowl.
5 Piece Completer Set Most often a Sugar bowl, with lid,
a Creamer, a medium platter and a round vegetable serving bowl.
5 Piece Place Setting - Dinner and Bread plate, Soup bowl and
Cup & Saucer or
Dinner and Salad plates, Soup bowl and Cup and Saucer or
Dinner, Salad and Bread plates, Cup and Saucer
Dinner, Salad and Bread plates, Soup bowl and Mug or Dinner
and Salad plates
Cereal bowl and Cup and
Often used as a small server, these are generally
slightly larger than the bread or dessert plate but smaller than a
All Purpose Bowl generally
a coupe shaped bowl. A term for an additional bowl not so large that it
cannot serve for a single (usually large) serving of soup or salad but
smaller than one used for serving.
Baker - These
are ovenware, intended for baking, often rectangular or oval shaped,
and usually made of heavier ceramic or eartheware material.
Bone Dish - most often these are a modified
crescent sort of shape. I have found them frequently in sets of French
Limoges china. They were used to deposit bones rather than clutter
one's plate with the completed course.
Bread & Butter Plate generally about 5-6
inches in diameter often used interchangeably with dessert plates. May
also be square in shape.
Butter Pat - 2 1/2 or 3 inches, suitable for a single pat
of butter. These can be mistaken for doll dishes. On occasion sold and used as
coasters or even ashtrays in earlier times.
Casserole - most usually
these are covered and have handles or lugs. Made to be used for baking.
On occasion covered bowls are referred to as casseroles whether
intended as bakers or not but strictly speaking that would not be the
case. See also Baker.
Celery Dish a small oval
shaped serving dish whic appears to be a small platter under 12 inches
and used for serving cut celery.
Centerpiece Bowl a very large bowl at 12 to 16 or
more inches suited to display of fruit, flowers or other centerpiece.
Cereal Bowl smaller than 8 inches and most
often without a rim (coupe shape.)
Charger generally 1 to two inches larger than the dinner plate
Chargers are round platters. Sometimes also referred to as Chop Plates
Chop Plate - A Round Platter usually 12 or more
inches. Sometimes these double as tureen underplates.
Completer Set Most often a Sugar bowl, with or without
lid, a Creamer a medium platter and a round vegetable serving bowl.
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|Cookie Plate a smaller serving plate.
Coupe - coupe
refers to the shape of a ceramic blank. Coupe is rimless. There is no
change is the thickness or shape of the material as you reach the outer
Covered Vegetable These are serving dishes usually
round or oval often both are available in fine china sets. These have
covers and the pottery blank will be designed with a lip for the lid on
either lid or bowl. Lids can have finials and bowls may have lugs or
Cream Soup Bowl Usually this has handles or lugs and a larger
than normal saucer. Often mistaken for large tea cups with two handles.
Cup & Saucer - Flat A cup generally taller than a
teacup (see below) bit with an unornamented flat bottom and straight
Cup & Saucer - Footed These can literally have three
feet but for the sake of description the bottom of the cup will curve
in and then have a larger and often more ornate base.
Cup & Saucer - Tea a shorter cup usually
than a regular coffee cup with the sides curving down to a smaller base
Custard Cup a cup for a single serving custard, this
would look like a tea cup without a handle.
Demi-Tasse Cup & Saucer a small cup
suitable for single shots of espresso or other hot beverage. Generally
under 2 inches in diameter.
Dinner Plate - Square and other shapes, octagonal for instance
of about the same size of 10 or so inches. A Dinner Plate is generally
round and used as the main dining plate usually 10 to 12 inches in
Divided Vegetable a bowl with or without a
lid but with a
division in the center allowing two separate side dishes to occupy the
same dish without co-mixing the contents.
Espresso Cup see Demi-tasse or demitasse
Fish Platter A fish platter is usually the largest of
Probably from the European approach to serving entire fishes with head
and tail intact. These are in my experience over 17 inches long and may
exceed 2 feet in length. These are not often found in modern china or
Fruit or Dessert Bowl These are known as 'monkey
restaurants. These are usually 5 or fewer inches in diameter. Usually
in the shape of the rest of the table setting.
Large Pasta Bowl Generally a low sided wide bowl of 10 or
so inches diameter.
Luncheon Plate - generally about 9 inches or roughly an inch
smaller than the corresponding dinner plate
Medium Platter - Square Octagonal Oval Rectangular Round,
generally 14-15 inches.
Monkey Dish - Slang term in restaurants for a fruit or dessert bowl.
Nut Dish a small flat dish for serving nuts.
Octagonal Bowl any bowl with eight sides.
|Oval Dish a small serving piece which is oval
shaped. Frequently used for serving crudite or celery, carrots and the
Oval Vegetable Bowl - Usually an open serving dish which is
oval shaped rather than being round. These may or may not include lids
Pepper Mill - a
device for grinding pepper corns into pepper
thus ensuring freshness of the pepper seasoning the food. Most often
made of wood or metal.
Rimmed Soup Bowl - generally a low bowl suited to a single
serving of soup which is usually over 8 inches but including a rim of
about an inch or more. These can be square, hexagonal or octagonal in
addition to the more common round shape.
Round Platter see charger
Round Vegetable - Open designed without lid, these are
mostly over 8 inches in diameter
Salad Bowl 1) Serving bowl usually 8 to 12 inches in diameter
and 4 - 6 inches tall, This is a broad category generally covered by
Salad Bowl 2) A smaller bowl suited to a single serving of
salad. These may exist in a very large set which includes rimmed soup
bowls, fruit or dessert bowls and a cereal bowl.
Salad or Dessert Bowl See Salad Bowl definition 2)
Salad Plate 7-8 or so inches, It will most likely
in shape to the design of the dinner. In some sets this plate is often
more heavily decorated than its dinner sized plate.
Saucer A saucer is generally made in the
shape of the pattern but most often includes an indentation for the cup
to rest in.
Shell Dish A serving bowl shaped like a clam
Small Platter - Square Octagonal Oval Rectangular Round - Less
than 14 inches.
Soup Bowl (coupe, or rimless) usually under 8 inches and
Soup or Cereal Bowl - as covered earlier, smaller than 8 inches
and coupe shape.
Soup Tureen - Large
serving bowl usually with a lid. They are usually suitable for holding
between a quart to a half gallon or more. 'Tureen' is frequently
misspelled and I have seen many variations of spelling. I make the
includes a slot for a spoon where a covered vegetable does not. A soup
tureen generally has handles and a lid with or without a slot and
frequently includes an underplate. If a slot is included frequently a
serving spoon in the same pattern is available.
Square Vegetable - An open serving bowl in a square shape.
Trivet a trivet is used to hold hot pans so as to avoid
surfaces. They can be wood, ceramic or metal. Usually ceramic ones are
decorated with the same pattern as the china or dinnerware.
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