Isn’t this pretty? At one time Silver City and Lotus Glass decorated all sorts of glass with silver designs like this. People gave silver bedecked glass for wedding gifts and housewarmings, and of course bridge prizes. The silver designs were pretty and stylish and made great gifts.
The glass companies could take the same piece, add a “Happy 25th” or “24th Anniverary” and poof! The perfect anniversary present. Silver decorated bowls, candle holders, trays, bells were easy for the recipient to display and made nice safe gifts.
A silver encrusted piece like this footed cake stand was different. Someone might get it for a gift but it’s not the sort of thing the happy recipient could just leave out on the mantle and dust once a week. Silver encrusted cake plate was made to be used, thus more suitable for a wedding gift than a silver anniversary present.
When I got this cake stand I thought the silver pattern was Portia from Cambridge Glass. Portia has a basket or urn overflowing with flowers. The silver design has a basket and flowers but the shape is different; it is not Portia. I’ve a planter by my front porch like this (at least I will if it ever stops snowing!).
I don’t know who made the silver design but the footed cake plate itself is from Indiana Glass made about 1950. The pattern is Double Fleur De Lis and Indiana made several really pretty pieces. We have a Double Fleur De Lis cut console bowl in our store and at one time had a small condiment bowl and tray. The design is lovely.
We don’t often think of Indiana as making elegant glass but this silver encrusted cake stand shows they could indeed.
Shopping Information: We carry the silver encrusted Double Fleur De Lis footed cake stand in our store Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass. Shopping with us is like antiquing with your best friend.