China Pattern Piece Types

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  • Butter Dish
    Our Piece Code: BD
    Butter dishes come in a variety of shapes and styles, including the quarter pound butter dish pictured here. Many china patterns feature both round and square butter dishes. These pieces are meant to be placed in the center of the table and used by all guests.

  • Salt & Pepper Shakers
    Our Piece Code: SAP
    Salt & pepper shakers also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many people collect these unique serving pieces. Generally, the salt shaker has fewer holes than a pepper shaker.

  • Gravy Boat
    Our Piece Code: GR
    Gravy boats are used for serving gravies and sauces. Gravy boats can have attached or detached underplates. Placed in the center of your table, these pieces add an elegant accent to your table.

  • Oval Vegetable
    Our Piece Code: OV
    Oval vegetable bowls are used for serving vegetables, fruits, casseroles, and breads. This multipurpose serving dish is essential for any dining service.

  • Round Vegetable
    Our Piece Code: RV
    Round vegetable bowls, like their oval counterparts, can be used for a number of different purposes. At large dinners and at holidays, one can never have too many serving bowls.

  • Covered Vegetable
    Our Piece Code: CV
    Covered vegetable bowls are elegant complements to any dinnerware service. Most covered vegetable bowls feature two handles and a decorative lid. These beautiful bowls can be used to serve a variety of hot and cold foods.

  • Oval Platter
    Our Piece Code: PL
    Oval platters can be used to serve meats, breads, vegetables, fruits, and cheeses. Platters come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 12" to 20.

  • Chop Plate/Round Platter
    Our Piece Code: CH
    Chop plate/round platters are often used to serve meats. However, one can use this piece for serving a cornucopia of dishes, including cakes and pies.

  • Coffee Pot
    Our Piece Code: CP
    Coffee pots make a beautiful addition to any dinnerware service. Coffee pots are generally taller and more slender than tea pots.

  • Tea Pot
    Tea pots are generally shorter than coffee pots and can be used to serve hot water or used to steep tea. Many of our customers collect tea and coffee pots.