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.