Item Number: #371
Production Dates: 1939-1970
Fostoria Glass Company produced an item in their American line that was called the “Cheese and Cracker”. It consisted of two individual pieces – the Footed Cheese, and the Cracker Plate. When these pieces were produced, you could either buy the two-piece set together – or you could buy the Footed Cheese and/or the Cracker Plate independently of each other. For this reason, you often see the pieces separated or misidentified.
The Cracker Plate is approximately 11½” in diameter. Now, read carefully; it’s about to get interesting. The Cracker Plate and the large 11½” Sandwich Plate look very similar; however, they are not the same plate. Even today, most people don’t know the difference and sell one as the other. Since the two plates are almost identical in style and size, it is easy to understand the confusion.
Over the years, and especially most recently, I see the Cheese and Cracker set sold with the wrong plate. Quite often, it is sold with the 11½” Sandwich Plate. The difference between the two plates is that the Cracker Plate has a raised retainer ring in the center; the Sandwich Plate does not. The retainer ring helps to hold the Footed Cheese in place so that it does not slip around on the plate. As you can see, the Footed Cheese fits snugly inside the ring on the true Cracker Plate.
So, be careful out there. If it does not have a raised retainer ring, then it’s not the official Cracker Plate. If you would like to learn more about these pieces, along with their current availability and pricing information, please click the following sponsored link for available Cheese and Crackers on eBay.