One of the first auctions that I attended, I found out that there are different types of plates when it comes to a set of dishes. Here are some of the more popular ones that you will run across:
Dinner Plates—they are flat and usually round (there are other shapes like square out there). Dinner plates range in size from 9 ¾ inches to 11 inches in diameter.
Salad Plate—these are also known as a side plate. They are flat and usually round and range in size from 7 ¾ inches to 8 ¾ inches in diameter.
Bread & Butter Plate—these are also known as a dessert plate or even a cake plate. Like salad plate, this type of plate is flat and usually round. They range in size from 6 inches to 7 ¾ inches in diameter.
Luncheon Plate—they are often confused with the dinner or salad plates. Luncheon plates are flat and usually round, ranges from 9” to 9 3/4” in diameter.
This is only a sample of all the different types of plates that you will run across. What other types of plates have you seen?