Wednesday, March 25, 2009


This is a "curate." I purchased it a couple of years ago in an antique shop in Cookeville, TN. It was labeled as a "Victorian pie cooling rack."

Because I had seen these three-tier wooden folding racks used in a few tea rooms I knew I had to have this one! in the tea rooms they were used sitting on the floor beside the table holding teapots of different teas on each level. My curate is old and fragile so I currently use it to display some of my ceramic children's tea sets.

Bernideen at Bernideen's Teatime Blog recently posted about her Curate here. Take a look at her beautiful blog and interesting post.

Curate is a British term. A curate was an assistant to the rector or vicar. Therefore, this rack is an assistant to the tea server or hostess.


bennie and patsy said...

That is very interesting about the Curate.

W. Latane Barton said...

I have two of those stands (I am not bragging but stating a fact. ha) My husband was on a ship in the Caribbean in the '60s and got me one and my mom one. She's gone now so I have hers as well.

The shelves have carved designs on them and I was told they were English muffin stands so your post was really interesting to me. I must get mine out, take a photo and post it sometime.

parTea lady said...

What a lovely way to display your children's tea sets and enjoy your curate.

Marilyn Miller said...

Do you shelves tip? I have one, but am afraid to put anything of value on it, as the shelves so easily tip. I love your children's set. I have a weekness for them myself.

racheld said...

Is that Thursday Cottage Bramble Jelly I see with the clotted cream? I have a jar just like it in my fridge---couldn't resist it when we were at Fortnum & Mason--dear Jennifer Paterson did love it so.

The finish on the Curate is so lovely, I marvel that anyone would risk setting a hot pie anywhere near the varnish.

Phyllis said...

I love this post, because I learned something new. I, like W.L. Barton, have always called mine Muffin Stands. I have never seen square trays/shelves so yours is really unique.

I don't know about yours, Linda, but all three of mine have locking hinges so it won't accidentally collapse.


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