Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bake-off Beauties

We have become a little bit cake obsessed recently.  

What started as a quick look for an image for our Twitter feed to tie in with the Great British Bake Off, turned into an appreciation of the range of amazing cake-stands we have!

From sweet novelty designs such as this umbrella
Umbrella cake stand, made by Midwinter (1960-65)

to the use of the wonderfully exciting material - plastic - in the 1950s

1950s plastic cake stand

and of course wonderful Bagley's glass, made in Knottingley.

Bagley's Glass 'Katherine Wheel' design 3187 (1950-1975)

To see more Bagley's glass, be sure to visit Pontefract Museum where there is a whole room dedicated to beautiful and colourful pieces from the collection.

Bagley's Glass 'fish scale' pattern design 3067

This piece is probably our favourite.  Which is yours?
Bagley's Glass Lady - part-frosted (acid etched) cake stand design 3182

For even more Bagley's glass, see our online catalogue.

Bagley's 'Fish plate' design 3123 (1939-75)

Some of our pieces can be very easily dated, such as this cake stand from 1887 - from Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee!

Jubilee cake stand, 1887

Finally, what would Paul and Mary make of this? A cake decoration used (presumably on a wedding cake) in 1908.  

Cake decoration used by Eliza Richards nee-Young on 19/09/1908

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