Thus far I had been able to restrain myself from purchasing any green Depression glass. Oh, I like it just fine, but I had decided I would stay with pink and clear glass pieces. I was *not* going to start collecting green as well.
Ah, but. When I went to Madison, Ga. a few weeks ago to meet my friend Maureen for tea, I got there early to drive around town and came upon an antique mall that looked promising. I didn't find anything I wanted until I turned to leave and saw a table where everything was a dollar. I don't often see $1 antiques, and these green plates—no chips, cracks or flea bites—caught my eye. There were just three of them, and one appeared to have some white paint on the bottom. Still, for just $1 each I went ahead and got all three, and even the painted one cleaned up beautifully.
Do any of my fellow glass lovers know anything about grill plates? I don't even know for sure why they're called "grill plates," though I assume the style originated at a diner where it was helpful to keep the foods separated in the plate's compartments. I found a similarly-shaped green glass plate online from Federal Glass, but it had a pattern on the plate, not plain as mine are. While I'm not on a mission to find a fourth plate, I decided it will be nice if I accidentally "stumble upon" such a plate online or at an antique mall one day. And if I get four, well, a St. Patrick's Day or other spring luncheon just might result, with a scoop of chicken salad on lettuce leaves in the large compartment and small servings of frozen fruit salad and cheese straws on the side!