[Sca-cooks] period spice containers/storage

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Fri Jun 24 14:20:22 PDT 2011

I can't think of any synonyms for spice plate, although I have seen a 
reference about Tudor spice plates becoming sweetmeat plates later on.

I think the work Aine is referencing is Turner's Spice--The History of an 


> Aine wrote:
> >And I will look for the place I  read about the
> >spice plate that was passed around at the end of
> >the meal.   I appreciate the correction -
> >possibly the source I read was not a good
> >source?  If you have the source where you found
> >the information about it  being like a sweets
> >plate passed around, I would very much appreciate it.
> Other than saying that such a plate wasn't (IIRC) passed around for diners 
> to add their own spices to their food, I don't think there was any 
> correction.  A spice plate or a sweets plate, however it might have been 
> called, would have served the same function - that of serving 
> sugared/candied spices to people at the close of a meal, rather like 
> after-dinner mints today.  They were frequently of silver, silver-gilt or 
> gold.
> I'm not coming up with a good name for that type of plate at this moment. 
> Someone else might have a more functioning brain (Johnna? Doc? Bear? 
> Adamantius?...?) as to what that serving utensil might have been called.
> Alys K.

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