Serving Plate

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.222

Description:

This is a pink glass plate with a central glass loop handle. It has a gold rim and gold floral pattern decoration close to the edge.

Primary Materials: Glass.

Dimensions (cm): Diameter = 29, Height = 14.

Function:

This plate is for the serving of small cakes or sandwiches. It was presumably used in the David Dunlap Observatory “Founder’s Room”, when Mrs. Donalda Dunlap or others were entertaining visitors, guests or scientists to the Observatory.

Condition:

Very Good: The glass is intact, although dusty. The gold edges and patterns are worn in places.

Date of Manufacture: 1920s-1930s

Provenance:

This plate is for the serving of small cakes or sandwiches. It was presumably used in the David Dunlap Observatory “Founder’s Room”, when Mrs. Donalda Dunlap or others were entertaining visitors, guests or scientists to the Observatory. Until 2009, when the Observatory was sold, the plate was kept at the Observatory. Then, it was moved to storage at the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto’s St George campus. In 2017, the plate was moved to a new location in the McLennan Physics building.