Cake Stand

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2018.ast.62

Description:

This is a circular glass cake stand. The stand is supported by a single central pillar. The stand itself is decorated around the rim by glass tear-drop shapes fixed to the underside of the stand. The rim has a regular rippled appearance. A seam runs through the centre of the circular top of the stand, dividing it into two semi-circular halves.

Primary Materials: Glass

Markings: None.

Dimensions (cm): Height: 11.5, Diameter: 27.5

Function:

This stand is for the display and serving of cakes and other foods. This may have been part of Jessie Donalda Dunlap’s tea service, which may have been used in the “Founder’s Room” of the observatory.

Condition:

Excellent: The stand appears to be in perfect condition.

Manufacturer: Unknown.

Date of Manufacture: Unknown.

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.