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    Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:38 am Groupie
    I was visiting with my elderly aunt and she surprised me with a set of my grandmother's china that had been in her house for years. It is a gorgeous, ornate set of hand painted Noritake from the 1920's.
    I've posted pictures of a place setting and serving pieces, but the mystery is a 4 inch round piece of china with holes in it. It doesn't seem to fit into any of the serving pieces and since I have no idea what it is, I'm posting pictures below so maybe one of you china experts can identify this piece.

    Perfectionist cook
    Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:29 pm Groupie
    Toothpick holder???

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    Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:24 pm Groupie
    Hmmm, interesting thought...... icon_confused.gif
    Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:11 pm
    Forum Host
    Wow, I don't think I've ever come across a piece like this one. I'm totally clueless! Do you know for sure that it is supposed to be part of the china set? I hope you can find out what it is...I would love to know what it's used for.

    The china is a wonderful treasure! Do you know the pattern name?
    Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:56 pm Groupie
    The piece had been packed away with the china and seems to be a color match, so I assumed it was part of the set....
    The pattern doesn't seem to have a name. The back of the dishes says Noritake, Hand Painted with some Japanese writing and the number 20056.
    I checked on and they just call it 20056 and say it was discontinued circa 1924. The only problem is that the biggest plates in the set are pretty small--not really dinner size. I did buy some inexpensive gold rimmed white dinner plates to use with the set while I decide if I want to invest in the matching plates from Repalcements icon_smile.gif
    Chef #2290452
    Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:03 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I have recently acquired this set and I have that piece in my set as well. I was told it is part of the round lidded butter dish set (which is part of my set). It helped to keep the butter pats from melting. From what I heard, ice was placed on the bottom of the dish, then this piece was placed on the ice, and then butter pats were placed on this piece, and then the lid was placed on.

    Hope this helps.
    Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:37 pm Groupie
    Thanks so much. I don't think I have a butter dish, but since it's such an old set, it's possible that there was once one that broke or was lost.....
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