Monday, February 2, 2009

The Curate's Stand

The Curate's Stand - also known as a Butler's Stand

is a handy little piece of furniture to have for your

Afternoon Tea Time. Originally from another era

when many vicars were assisted in their duties

by low-paid junior helpers called curate's assistants.

Made of wood and collapsible for storage, this could be
brought to the seating area and quickly "restocked".
Generally the top shelf held scones, the middle shelf held the
finger samdwiches and savories and sweets were on the
bottom shelf. Another style was rectangular and had 2 shelves on each side providing 4 levels. Each shelf is collapsible for easy storage.


Lady Katherine said...

I remember these, but never knew that was what they were used for.

Angela McRae said...

A friend of mine has one of these, but I never knew what it was called. Thanks for the antiques lesson!

Marilyn Miller said...

I have one of these, but didn't know what it was called. I wonder if they ever had accidents with them, they so easily tip if things are not placed on them evenly. Thanks for sharing!