Collecting Vintage Platters

by PeggyHazelwood

I collect vintage platters. Platters, you ask? But, really, is this so surprising? Platters have a lovely oval shape, and vintage ones come in all sorts of great designs.

Vintage platters were usually made originally to complement a set of dishes. The platter was an extra serving piece, like the serving bowls and gravy boats that made setting a pretty table an easy job.

That is if you like your dishes all matchy matchy. I generally don't. Enter vintage platters. Starting a collection of vintage platters lets you stray from the herd.

As often happens, a piece or pieces of a China set gets broken along the way. As it happens, I really like the stray platters that are left behind.

Large Oval Platter by Homer Laughlin

Serving Platters Make Great Plates
Homer Laughlin Platter
Homer Laughlin Platter

My First Vintage Platter

An Oddball Among the Collection

Without realizing I was doing it, I surmised the other day that I have amassed a vintage platter collection. Who knew?

This obsession, er, collection, all began years ago when I found the platter shown here. As you can see, this vintage platter has a nice rectangle shape as opposed to the standard oval shape that so many platters have.Rectangular Platter

At the time, I just liked the shape and I really liked the lovely floral design around the edges. And as a bonus, this platter has little "handles" on each end:  The better to grasp it with, my dear!

So, I brought this platter home with me and have used it to serve everything from meat to desserts to cheese and fruit trays and so much more. This was a good vintage platter to start with.

All Photos of Individual Platters by Me.



Vintage Platters on the Small Side

I love small platters like this one and buy them every chance I get. I eat meals from them for everyday or use them to serve sliced fruit Small vintage platter. No markings.or bread when I have company.

This design is a favorite. I love yellow and orange!

If you can be a little forgiving, you can find gently used vintage platters at thrift stores fairly often. This one has a small chip in the side and isn't as bright as it was when it was new. But I don't mind at all.

Small Platter

Buffalo China
This style of platter was often used in restaurants.
This style of platter was often used in restaurants.

Vintage Vernonware Platter

Tam O' Shanter -- California Pottery
Small Plaid Platter -- Tam O' Shanter Design
Small Plaid Platter -- Tam O' Shanter Design

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Collect Vintage Platters with Fun Names

Manufacturers Make Numerous China Sets

Bubbles Pattern

China sets have names, and these names are called patterns. Discovering the pattern name is one of the most fun things, to me, when shopping for vintage platters to add to my collection.

Often the China patterns have an innocent name like Buttercup or Eureka. The platter shown here is called Bubbles.

If you'd like to learn more about China patterns, check out Replacements for a good list of China manufacturers and patterns by those makers. If you'd like to complete your China set, Replacements is a great place to find the odd piece you can't find anywhere else.

Do You Ever Eat From a Platter?

Or Are You a Plates-Only Kind of Eater?
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Platters make great plates!
PeggyHazelwood on 05/14/2013

I love to eat from platters!

Use Platters As Plates

They're Roomier!

Oval PlatterI recently set the table using my prettiest vintage platters, not as platters to serve the food, but as plates.

The variety of my collection meant that each person got a different style. I chose each platter for each person according to design and size (matching the platter size with the size of the person).

For instance, my little granddaughter doesn't eat a lot, so I gave her this smallish platter. It is really lovely with a pink floral design. It was perfect for her to enjoy her meal.

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Updated: 06/07/2013, PeggyHazelwood
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Do You Collect Anything a Little Strange Like My Vintage Platter Collection?

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PeggyHazelwood on 06/01/2013

Thanks, ologsinquito. It was pretty and everyone commented on my platters since they were a novelty.

ologsinquito on 06/01/2013

What a great idea to use vintage platters as place settings. That must have been a really pretty table.

PeggyHazelwood on 05/15/2013

That's great, katiem. I've bought most of my at garage sales and thrift stores. It's like finding a treasure each time I bring one home!

katiem2 on 05/15/2013

I've been gifted and inherited a lot of beautiful antique platters. I now have a new appreciation for them. Great Post!

BrendaReeves on 05/14/2013

Such a fun collection. I love dishes of all kinds.

kimbesa on 05/14/2013

I like the small ones for plates. Great for certain kinds of events, or foods.

Mira on 05/14/2013

I love the idea of using them as plates. (I wouldn't use one with handles, though.)
I'm never quite comfortable with round plates, even though it makes sense if you have three things on the plate: that way you can easily add one thing over another on your fork. But if you have two or three things that you would taste separately, then I much prefer oval plates / oval platters, although I've never tried it at home. I've always been stuck with round plates.

KathleenDuffy on 05/14/2013

Interesting article! I too love vintage platters and plates and have a few that I've collected from charity shops over the years.

sheilamarie on 05/13/2013

I have several special serving plates, each one different, too. They each have a story as to where I received it, as I've bought very few. (Hey, that rhymes.)

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