|"Rural Village" (also known as Village Church) Stilton cheese stand/2.5 inches high by 11.5 inches in diameter. It is circa 1825.|
|Willow pattern cheese stand above and Romantic pattern stand below. Notice how the shape of the Stilton cheese fits the stand.|
Although I have never served a large Stilton cheese on my stands, I find them useful to serve cake, cookies, pies, quiche, and much more. I have also used them (I own three) as cheese trays (assorted small cheeses).
Below are a few more stands. (Remember that they would have had glass or pottery domes).
|Pountney & Allies (1816-1835) "St.Vincents (sic) Rocks" 2 inches high by 10 inches in diameter Stilton cheese stand in the Bristol Views series|
|Spode (1770-1833) Castle pattern 1.5 inches high by 10.5 inches in diameter Stilton Cheese stand|
I have no glass domes to show you, but my friend, Dora, has supplied me with photos of two of her lovely earthenware cheese domes.
|Two earthenware cheese domes/The dome on the left is printed with Davenport's The Villagers pattern, ca. 1825. I don't know the name of the circa 1850s Romantic pattern on the right.|
My own experience is that Stilton cheese stands are about the most useful pieces of old transferware. And, they are also easy to store.
|A Stack of Stilton Cheese Stands (3)|