I'd like to think I'm fairly familiar with all that is out there in the world of German kitchen-related antiques, but I have to admit I hadn't seen the personalized ironstone cake stands before from the old German pastry shops. As you can imagine, there aren't many of them out there to be found. Quite a few of them no doubt were broken due to being used on a daily basis in the shops to display fresh tortes and pastries. The old German script dates the pieces to the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th. Most have a low pedestal, although I have had one on a high base which, unfortunately, was broken.
This stand has the name of the pastry shop owner and street name and number.
This bears the name of the shop owner and city, Berne . . .
. . . while this version has only the pastry shop owner's name. This one, as well as the other pictured with the street address, are grooved at the edge to accommodate a glass dome.
At first I thought I needed a piece of furniture to the right of my new loveseat, but Eileen suggested an urn. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it would be the perfect accent piece. I started looking for an urn to set on a table, but Eileen said she thought I needed a large piece for the floor. As usual, she was right again. I wasn't patient enough to wait for the perfect piece and settled for a faux cast iron garden urn from Lowe's. Of course, that didn't work at all, and it went right back. eBay was useless. The best examples were too expensive, plus shipping costs to boot; the cheaper ones looked old, but my suspicion was they were reproductions. However, one quick pass-through at an antique mall in Columbus snagged me the perfect piece . . . with the right patina and full of character. I had held off the urge to buy flowers for the urn as I am leaving Thursday for a two-week trip to Germany. It would be foolish to fill the urn before I leave and not be able to enjoy the blooms. But after seeing this potted hydrangea in a quick visit to Sam's Club, I swooped it up and put it in my cart, and it's the perfect size for my garden urn. I'm thrilled with the look and will enjoy filling it with different flowers throughout the seasons.
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