Item Number: #550-ITS
Production Dates: 1915-1958
(aka Crushed Ice Plate)
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 Small Ice Tub Plate, which was first produced in 1915. It is listed in the Fostoria 1915 Catalog Supplement, which first debuted the American line. The approximate dates of production for this piece were from 1915 – 1958.
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 Ice Tub Plate and large center Salad Plates came from the same mould, 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 – albeit slightly. The original Fostoria American Catalog Supplement of 1915 states the plates were 8-inches, which has proven to be true upon a personal inspection of the plates that I own. The larger Ice Tub Plate measures in at 9-inches. The higher the edges, the smaller in diameter the plate will be.
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