Posted 3 years ago
This post is to show the detail of various 'Three Face' pedestals from cake stands. This first image is from a 10 1/2" Duncan cake stand. The other 3 images are side-by-side comparisons with 9 1/2" Imperial MMA and original George Duncan Glass stands. The GDG original is slightly more substantial than the MMA reproduction, but that is a bit hard to see in photographs. The detailing in the face of George Duncan and Son's (GDG) has more refined details compared to the MMA reproduction by Imperial Glass; notice differences in the overall shape of the face, as well as jaw line, nose and mouth. The profile images also show the differences in the nose and chin. Also notice braids between the faces on the side views. The frosted finish of the original GDG pieces fade due to the fuming process used whereas the MMA reproduction pieces have more of a defined line from an immersion process. Another useful test is the 'black-light test'; the original GDG pieces will have a soft yellow glow that is not present in reproduction pieces. Another detail is that the plate of the GDG original has a shallow scalloped skirt, whereas the scallops in the MMA reproductions are incorporated into the gallery and there is no skirt.
The 9 1/2" cake stand was reproduced and has a smaller stem than the 10 1/2" stem shown in the first image.
I have added additional comparison images at my website: