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At that time custom decreed the service-plate doily be exactly twelve inches in diameter. That was also a popular size for small centerpieces. … For those times when tablecloths were not used, doilies were made to be used under each piece of the place setting. The correct size for the bread and butter plate doily was eight inches. … Three doilies, for the frappe’, bullion, and finger bowl, were all the same size – seven inches. The correct size for the water set doilies was ten inches for the pitcher and five inches for each tumbler. Carafe doilies could be either nine or eleven inches depending on the size of the base. The doily for the oblong celery tray was supposed to be nine-by-fifteen inches while the one for the bread tray was made eleven-by-sixteen inches. When a doily was made for the bonbon tray it always measured nine-by-twelve inches. The olive dish, usually made of cut glass (if one could afford it), was ten inches in diameter. …
Well, Hello, Doily,
It’s so nice to have you back where you belong.
You’re looking swell, Doily,
You’re still glowin’, you’re still crowin’
You’re still goin’ strong.
What about you? Have you done — or seen — any great doily projects lately?