What Is A Cream Soup Bowl? Guide To Table Service Bowls In Elegant Depression Glass – Part 1 As lifestyles changed, the bowls that people used on their dining tables changed too. We’ll explain bowls used in elegant and depression glass patterns from the 1920s through 1940s.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - During the 1920s through mid 1940s lifestyles tended to be more formal than today. Dinner services, whether china or glass, had more pieces that fit specialized uses. Elegant depression glass patterns often had several sizes and styles of bowls, and often each bowl had its separate, special plate to go underneath.
The cream soup bowl looks like a wide, shallow cup with two handles. Soup can be messy and the handles made it easier to hold as well as decorative. The wise hostess would put a 7 inch plate under the cream soup bowl to provide a place to put the soup spoon after use. Trojan elegant glass from Fostoria has a 7 ½ inch liner plate with a wide cup well that is meant to hold the cream soup.
To identify cream soup bowls, look for a piece with two handles that is relatively shallow and 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Many elegant glass patterns from Cambridge and Fostoria included the cream soup bowl, as did depression glass. You can find a cream soup bowl in Hazel Atlas’ depression glass patterns Royal Lace and Florentine and in Federal’s Madrid and Hocking’s Mayfair. Cream soup bowls were certainly not must-have pieces and not everyone who owned a pattern had a full set. Because of this, today they tend to be among the pricier place setting pieces in many patterns.
Boullion cups were even more specialized. Fostoria’s Seville had a boullion cup that looks a lot like the cream soup with two handles. It is slightly smaller, 5” across. The book Fostoria, the First Fifty Years, by Hazel Marie Weatherman, shows a catalog photo of the boullion bowl on a regular saucer.
Duncan Miller’s Early American Sandwich pattern included several bowls. We show three of these in our Cat Lady Kate’s Glass online store linked below. They have a fruit bowl, which is about 1 inch deep and 5 inches across, a grapefruit bowl and a finger bowl The fruit bowl is the size we would use today to serve a side dish of fruit or vegetables, or to hold ice cream. The grapefruit bowl has a flat rim and is about 6 inches across with the center section the right size for a grapefruit, about 4 inches across. The finger bowl is more V-shaped, and is about 4 inches across and about 1 ½ inches deep.
We don’t use finger bowls frequently today but they could be useful when you serve barbeque or corn on the cob! Originally the hostess would place the bowl with water for the guests to use to lightly rinse their fingertips and blot on the napkin. In even earlier times the maid could bring around warm wet towels for guests. In today’s more relaxed (and maid-free) environment, these bowls are the perfect size for food.
Nowadays casual dinnerware often has only one bowl that serves for both soup and cereal. The older elegant glass patterns from the more formal era had separate bowls as