Also Called :

Dishes, Bowls, Stands, Cup Plates

Rarity :


Age :

Mid 19th Century–1920

Price Range :

$5.-$100. (Depending on size and rarity)

Dimensions :

Top Row L-R:   8 1/2″ diameter x 1 5/8″ high—-6 1/8″ x 1 1/8″—–6″ x 3/4″—–5 7/8″ x 1″

Middle Row L-R:   5 3/4″ x 1″—–5 1/2″ x 7/8″—–5 3/8″ x 1″—–5 1/4″ x 1″—–5 1/4″ x 7/8″

Bottom Row L-R:   5″ x 5/8″—–4 3/4″ x 3/4″—–4 5/8″ x 3/4″—–4 1/4″ x 1″—–4 3/8″ x 1 1/8″

Weight :

Top Row:   14 oz.—–7 oz.—–5.2 oz.—–6.4 oz.

Middle Row:   6 oz.—–4.6 oz.—–4.4 oz.—–4.5 oz.—–4.3 oz.

Bottom Row:   3.4 oz.—–3.7 oz.—–2.7 oz.—–2.6 oz.—–3.5 oz.

Provenance :

Top Row:   Herbert Schiffer-1966—–Robert Crouel Auction-1990—–1967—-Yonderhill Dwellers-1966

Middle Row:   Skinner’s Auction-1988—–Skinner’s Auction-1988—–William Doyle Auction-1988—–Skinner’s Auction-1988—–???

Bottom Row:   Sotheby’s-1965—–Sotheby’s-1965—–Sloan’s Auction-1990—–Ed’s Auction-1967—–???

Availability :


Description: Saucers are a large and confusing category. They are sometimes called “sauce dishes” or “bowls”, they get mixed up in auction sales and do not get matched with their original cups and, they are fragile and they or their cups have been replaced over the years. Practically all are of late manufacture, some are marked “China”, many are not. Some are flat, some are more bowl shaped, some have little insets for cups, most do not.

Shown here are 14 different ones in descending size order starting with the top row, left to right down to the bottom row. They range in size from 8 1/2″ in diameter down to 4 1/2″. Here are some details. Top row, the largest 8 1/2″ upper left saucer is for a rare, covered oyster bowl. Next is a 6 1/8″ saucer for a scarce, covered bouillon cup. Next at 6″ is a saucer for a large coffee cup, it is marked “CHINA” and has an indentation for the cup. Last in the top row is 5 7/8″ saucer.

The middle row ranges in size from 5 3/4″ to 5 1/4″, the larger for coffee cups, the smaller for tea cups. Far left and far right saucers are marked “CHINA” and second from the right is a fluted saucer that goes with a fluted teacup.

The bottom row is getting down to demitasse saucers, 5″ to 4 1/4″. Far left is marked “CHINA” and is indented for a cup. The last two are actually small bowl saucers for demitasse cups, the sides are 1″ and 1 1/8″ high rather than 5/8″ to 3/4″ high for the first 3 in the row.

No doubt, some of these saucers had alternate uses as bread & butter plates and sauce or berry dishes.

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