Dinnerware or tableware is the dishes or dishware used for setting a table, serving food and dining. It includes cutlery, glassware, serving dishes and other useful items for practical as well as decorative purposes. The quality, nature, variety and number of objects varies according to culture, religion, number of diners, cuisine and occasion. Dinnerware also refers to the ceramic plates platters and bowls made in particular pattern, and are called table service, dinner service or service set. Some of the most popular antique sets were made by Sèvres in France, Meissen in Germany, Royal Copenhagen in Denmark, Royal Doulton in England, or Belleek Pottery in Northern Ireland.
Table settings or place settings are the dishes, cutlery and glassware used for formal and informal dining. Dishes come in standard sizes, which are set according to the manufacturer. They are similar throughout the industry. Plates are standardized in descending order of diameter size according to function. One standard series is charger (12 inches); dinner plate (10.5 inches); dessert plate (8.5 inches) salad plate (7.5 inches); side plate, tea plate (6.75 inches). Silver service or butler service are methods for a butler or waiter to serve a meal. Setting the table refers to arranging the tableware, including individual place settings for each diner at the table as well as decorating the table itself in a manner suitable for the occasion. Tableware and table decoration is typically more elaborate for special occasions. Unusual dining locations demand tableware be adapted.
This category includes vintage and antique dinnerware replacement pieces of various manufacturers and patterns.