Karelia (Karjala) was a province of Finland, that was divided between Finland and Russia after the winter war in 1940. The hue of the brown hand painted stripes vary because of melting of the colors. This makes each item unique in style.
A luncheon plate or a side plate is often used in sets with teacups. Plates of this size are most used in serving small salty courses, like pie, sandwiches, or salad.