Item Number: #552-ITL
Production Dates: 1916-1958
The Fostoria Glass Company produced two Ice Tub Plates in the American line. The one that we will be addressing in this post is the larger of the two, which was first produced in 1916. The Small Ice Tub Plate debuted first, and is about one-inch smaller in diameter. Often, you will see the Ice Tubs sold without the Plate, and this could be for a variety of reasons. Over the years, people might have thought the Ice Tub Plate was just another ordinary plate and separated it from the Ice Tub – or the Ice Tub was originally bought separately (without the Plate).
The Large Ice Tub Plate and Dinner Plate came from the same mold, so it is easy to understand the confusion in identifying them. Since the Ice Tub Plate may have edges that flow slightly upward, this trait will usually reduce its overall diameter by about ½” from the regular Dinner Plate. The higher the edges, the smaller in diameter the plate will be.
You should also be able to see and feel that the plate appears slightly recessed – especially when running your fingers along the bottom, then across, and finally upward along the sides of the plate. I seem to use this touch test, along with the 9″ measurement, as my best tool in distinguishing between a regular Dinner Plate and the Large Ice Tub Plate. You will have a little bit of space between the bottom of the tub and the sides of the plate if it is a Dinner Plate. When an Ice Tub Plate is used, there is very little space.
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