Antique oyster plates were all the rage in Europe in the latter part of the 1800's with France being the primary manufacturer. Oyster plates were usually round with segmented areas to hold individual oysters. They were made in a vast array of styles and materials - ranging from delicate and refined china to heavy pottery. Antique oyster plates were usually made form china, porcelain, pottery, or majolica. The more elaborate and colorful designs were usually inspired by nature and sea life. Colorful antique oyster plates produced in the mid to late 1800's are rare and sought after by collectors. Antiques On The Square usually carries a wide selection of oyster plates.