One of the things I like about thrift shopping is that I’m always learning something. I especially enjoy sussing out the purpose of an unfamiliar objects: they’re little portals to a way of life that doesn’t exist anymore.
I’ve looked at these mysterious plates at the the chi chi DAV (at Central & Edgemoor) for months now. Though I’d never rank yellow among my favorite colors, I’m strangely attracted to yellow-colored housewares. I happen to have some yellow and white basketweave-patterned footed tumblers that would fit perfectly in the circles on these plates, so I’m always perversely tempted to buy them even though I don’t really know what I’d do with them or what their intended purpose is in the first place. I took this picture on the third during the citywide DAV 50% off sale and didn’t buy them still–they were $1 apiece and I don’t need plates and then there’s the aforementioned mystery.
I’ve spent a long time googling grill plates, but didn’t find any that resemble these. They couldn’t be sushi plates or fondue plates or even appetizer plates, because how to explain the moat/spout part? I am passionate about food-specific dishes and tools (corn on the cob ephemera, candle holders for baked goods, deviled egg trays, fondue pots, egg cups, salad sets, cake stands … the more occasional-use they are, the more I desire them). So please clue me in, or at least take your best guess. What are these plates for?