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Object Name Stand, Cake
Date ca. 1878-1890
Description Glass cake stand. Flat circular clear glass dish on a tall figural stem with a circular fluted base. Plate has raised rim and pressed chain pattern around edge. A classical-style woman's face in relief is repeated three times around the frosted glass stem. Base is hollow, frosted glass. Attributed to George Duncan & Sons of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Height is 8.25 inches; diameter 10.75 inches.
(Keyword: Victorian)
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of Ida Dudley Dale
Ownership and History Decorative stands like this were used to serve cake, cookies, or tea sandwiches. The type of ornamental stem seen on this example has been described as the Three Face pattern. It has been reproduced by various firms; reproductions were offered for sale by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1970s.

This was part of a large group of household items acquired from the estate of Ida Dudley Dale (1887-1955). Miss Dale was an active member of the Staten Island Historical Society and the Huguenot Historical Society. She was a committed amateur artist, genealogist, and historian.
Earliest Date 1878
Latest Date 1890
Maker George Duncan & Sons (attributed)
Material Glass
Subjects Food
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Associated People Dale, Ida Dudley
Catalog Number F08.0653
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, November 2014.
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