The Fostoria American Ice Tea Plate has the distinction of being one of the first items introduced in the American pattern back in 1915. There was not a big supply of these plates produced; hence, they are not easy to locate. The Ice Tea Plates were sold as a separate item from the Ice Tea glasses. When these two pieces are suited together, they make for a beautiful duo.
The Ice Tea Plates are approximately 6″ in diameter, and at first glance, look similar to the 6″ Bread and Butter Plates. Their similarity in size and shape has caused confusion between the two; however, there are differences. The most prominent difference is that there is no visible ring around the center design of the Ice Tea Plate, as it has been totally ground off on the underside. There is an obvious center ring on the Bread and Butter Plates.
In regards to the Ice Tea Plate and the Finger Bowl Plates, I can attest that the Ice Tea Plate does accommodate the Finger Bowl nicely. It is widely accepted and published through other sources that the Ice Tea Plate is identical to the latter version of the Finger Bowl Plate, which had a serrated edge. As of yet, I have not been able to verify through official Fostoria records when the second variation of the Finger Bowl Plate was first introduced, and this exact information is missing from other resources and publications.
The inside curvature of the Ice Tea Plate is more pronounced, and the outer rim or edge of the plate is higher (about ¾” high) – allowing for items to sit securely on the plate without slippage. The 1915 Catalog Supplement does show the Ice Tea glass being paired with the Ice Tea Plate, and the Finger Bowl being paired with the original smooth-edged version of the Finger Bowl Plate.
If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Plates on eBay. Bear in mind; however, that these type of plates are sometimes mistaken for the Bread and Butter Plates, etc. Many people do not know their correct name, so you will need to search for all types of plates in case they are misclassified. The Ice Tea Plates are rare, so it is possible that your search results will be slim.