This is the Fostoria American 9-inch Sandwich Plate, and it is a versatile piece to have in your collection. Since it is featured in Fostoria’s 1915 Catalog Supplement, we know – without a doubt – that it was produced in 1915 when Fostoria first introduced the American pattern. Three different sized Sandwich Plates were introduced at that time – the 9″, 10½”, and the 11½”. All of these plates bear a small center design.
Of all the plates that Fostoria produced in the American pattern (and there were quite a few of them), the Sandwich Plates remain one of my favorites. The reason is simple. I especially like the 9-inch plates, as they are neither too big nor too small when it comes to serving tea or a luncheon-type menu. I only serve sandwiches and other types of finger foods on them so that no knives or forks are ever needed. This philosophy has kept the plates in pristine condition, with no utensil marks of any kind. If I am hosting a big dinner event, then I would summon the larger Dinner Plates for service. For lunch or tea service, these 9-inch Sandwich Plates are beyond perfect!
The 9-inch Sandwich Plates were produced until the early 1970’s, and unlike the bigger 10½” Sandwich Plates, the 9-inch version was never reproduced by Lancaster Colony after they bought out Fostoria Glass.
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