Over the years, there are new types of serving dishes that are introduced, and then there are times when a certain piece from a dinner set for the table that may fall out of favor. What are some of the pieces that have fallen out of favor over the years that may not be on the table of today?
Cheese dish—this is a covered dish meant to store and serve a whole piece of cheese. The bottom of this piece is a little larger than a butter dish, and you may see a small cutting board in the place of this today.
Cream soup dish—this is a two-handled bowl that comes with its own saucer and is meant to serve bouillon, a soup or even consommé (a clear soup made from a rich stock). This type of dish could be confused with a sugar dish without the lid.
Aspic servers–these are used to serve aspic, which is a clear jelly that is made from broth. Generally, aspic is used to accent the serving of meat, and it is a lot like cranberry sauce. The aspic server has a curved and sharp end for the cutting and serving of aspic.
This is only a small sampling of what you can find. What have you run across?