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Antique Victorian Quadruple Silver Plate Butter Dishes

Abe offers the following fine antique silverplate, Victorian Quadruple Silver Plate (Silverplate) Covered Domed Silver Butter Dish Dishes for sale.
About Silver Plate and Silverplate Covered Butter Dishes

Years ago, cooking in America called for tremendous amounts of butter.  Though margarine made its appearance during World War II, there was no substitute for butter when most of the silver shown on this page was produced.

In order to use butter in the large one-pound blocks in which it was generally sold, a dish was invented that not only helped with the presentation at the table, but was a necessity.  Most silver and silverplate butter dishes consist of three silver parts:  the lid, the pierced liner, and the base.  Butter was placed on the liner, allowing the excess water from the butter to drain through the piercing.  If the weather was warm, ice was added with the butter on top, and the melting ice could drain through the piercing.

These silver and silverplated dishes are also known as domed butter dishes, covered butter dishes and just butter dishes.  These more ornate butter dishes are less common than the more commonly seen rectangular butter dishes - just slightly larger than a stick of modern butter.  Rarely does one see these rounded butter dishes in use anymore, and they have achieved a strong collecting following.

For fancy dinners, the hostess may have had one of the servants make fancy molded pieces of butter called “butter pats” or butter balls, which were served on crushed ice in the butter dish to be picked up with a butter pick.  These required yet another butter serving piece, itself known as a “butter pat.”  Butter pats were tiny plates placed at each individual setting, to be used for a single piece of butter.  They range in diameter from approximately 2 ¼  inches to about 3 ¼ inches, and were made in sterling as well in porcelain.  Many sterling silver companies produced butter pats to match their sterling flatware patterns.

As butter began to be commercially produced for distribution in individually wrapped quarter pound cubes, the large form became obsolete.  Thus the butter dish began a new form.  This new dish usually had a crystal liner, to protect the silver from the salt used in making the butter.  Most of the new butter dish forms are 8 – 9 inches long.
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Antique PAIRPOINT Quadruple Silver Plate Butter Dish - Aesthetic Movement
$25.00
Antique PAIRPOINT Quadruple Silver Plate Butter Dish - Aesthetic Movement
Vintage SILVERPLATE Repousse Domed & Footed Round Butter Dish Server
Vintage SILVERPLATE Repousse Domed & Footed Round Butter Dish Server
$125.00

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Antique Quadruple Silver Plate Repousse Lidded Butter Dish DERBY SILVER CO.
$85.00
Antique Quadruple Silver Plate Repousse Lidded Butter Dish DERBY SILVER CO.
Antique Quadruple Silverplate Ornate BUTTER DISH Hartford Silver Plate Co. 1847 Rogers Bros. Master Butter Knife Heritage
$158.00 
Antique Quadruple Silverplate Ornate BUTTER DISH Hartford Silver Plate Co.$
Vintage Silver Plate Dome Cover Footed Chased Butter Dish MERIDEN SILVERPLATE CO.
$90.00
Vintage Silver Plate Dome Cover Footed Butter Dish MERIDEN SILVERPLATE CO.
Antique SIMPSON HALL MILLER Quadruple Silver Plate Victorian Chased Butter Dish GORHAM STERLING Butter Knife GOLDEN LANCASTER
Antique SIMPSON HALL MILLER Quadruple Silver Plate Victorian Chased Butter Dish GORHAM STERLING Butter Knife GOLDEN LANCASTER
$150.00
Antique Victorian-Era Quadruple Silver Plate Chased PAIRPOINT Dome Covered Butter Dish Holmes & Edwards Silverplate Butter Knife
$165.00
Antique Victorian-Era Quadruple Silver Plate Chased PAIRPOINT Dome Covered Butter Dish Holmes & Edwards Silverplate Butter Knife
Antique English Silverplate Footed Dome Butter Dish WILLIAM MAMMATT & SONS Sheffield, England / WILCOX SILVERPLATE CO. Silver Plate Newport Butter Spreader Knife
$130.00 
Antique English Silverplate Footed Dome Butter Dish WILLIAM MAMMATT & SONS Sheffield, England / WILCOX SILVERPLATE CO. Silver Plate Newport Butter Spreader Knife
Antique Victorian MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO. Ornate Footed Silverplate Dome Butter Dish REED & BARTON Master Butter Knife UNIQUE
$275.00
Antique Victorian MERIDEN SILVER Ornate Footed Silverplate Dome Butter Dish REED & BARTON Master Butter Knife UNIQUE
Vintage REED & BARTON Silver Plate Oval Covered Butter Dish WHEAT
$150.00
Vintage REED & BARTON Silver Plate Oval Covered Butter Dish WHEAT