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Cake stand

Cake stand

  • Place of origin:

    Gateshead (made)

  • Date:

    1897 (design registered)

  • Artist/Maker:

    George Davidson & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Press-moulded glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by M. J. Franklin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122c, case 1

Object Type
Extensive glass table services became increasingly popular towards the end of the 19th century. Cheaply made, in pressed glass, such elaborate sets became widely available. The cake stand was considered an essential part of a tea service, but could also be used during dessert.

Materials & Making
The technique of press-moulding glass with the aid of a hand-operated machine was first perfected in the United States of America in the early 1820s. It took only two people to shape a measured quantity of hot glass in a heated metal mould. By simply depressing a lever, a metal plunger was lowered into the glass, forcing it into the patterned mould. By the 1830s this method had spread to Europe and Britain, giving rise to stylistic changes and revolutionising the availability of glassware. The technique made the mid- to late 19th century the first period of true mass production. In the 1890s the introduction of steam-powered presses improved quality while cutting costs even further.

The pattern is made in imitation of expensively cut lead glass. Pressed glass never rivalled the prismatic brilliance and precision of real cutting, but it provided a cheap substitute, affordable to all but the poorest.

This cake stand was made by 'George Davidson & Co., Teams Glass Works' at Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Founded in 1867, they soon became one of the most famous and prolific manufacturers of pressed glass in Britain.

Place of Origin

Gateshead (made)


1897 (design registered)


George Davidson & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Press-moulded glass

Marks and inscriptions

Registration number for 18/8/1897
Registration number


Height: 14 cm, Diameter: 17 cm

Object history note

Made by George Davidson & Co., Teams Glass Works, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Descriptive line

Cake stand, England (Gateshead-on-Tyne), made by Geo. Davidson & Co., Teams Glass Works, 1897-1910, C.128-1983 .


British Galleries; Eating


Ceramics Collection

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