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Pit a Pat?
Well, it is evocative of an era but I don't think the dolls will be having cakes served from this, as they will all just slide off. Sorry dollies! Grateful if anyone owns one or knows if it is Pit a Pat for definite, unusual for that company to use plastic as most if not all (?) of their products were made of wood.
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9 Comments

Brooksey
5:44 AM on February 27, 2017 
jenny says...
Ladies, thank you all for your replies and interest. I am so pleased we have this web site to discuss such important matters.

Where would we be without it?
Brooksey
5:43 AM on February 27, 2017 
theinfill.wordpress.com says...
Surely if the dollies serve tipsy cake it would be OK?

LOL - literally! Always les mots justes, from you, Do!
jenny
11:39 AM on February 23, 2017 
Ladies, thank you all for your replies and interest. I am so pleased we have this web site to discuss such important matters.
Rebecca Green
10:15 AM on February 23, 2017 
It could well be Pit-a-Pat - a member sent me a photo of one she has, when I was doing the Pit-a-Pat article, but I didn't end up including it as I wasn't sure - and didn't at that stage have the issue of IDHN. The maker of Pit-a-Pat, Eric Lehman, started making games pieces (eg dice, counters, chess pieces, dominoes, etc) during the war, as E. Lehman & Co (and continued until 1960). It seems possible that either they had started manufacturing plastic just before the war, or that they made some dolls house pieces, like this one, during or after the war.

Very well spotted, Jenny!
Zoe H
9:57 AM on February 23, 2017 
Well that's really interesting, Jenny! Definitely the same cake stand, I'd say, and the article states categorically that "each piece shown has one or other (or at least a remnant) of the three glued labels that the company used or else the ink stamp on the unstained items" so it sounds to me as if it has to be Pit-a-Pat and a rare piece at that. What a great find.
jenny
2:59 PM on February 22, 2017 
The International Dolls' House News magazine where there is a picture of the cake rack is volume 27 number 8 ( August- September 1998) page 44 bottom shelf. The one in the magazine is yellow, but has exactly the same wire bits, also it is not warped, mine could have been over painted.
theinfill.wordpress.com
12:18 PM on February 22, 2017 
Surely if the dollies serve tipsy cake it would be OK?
Rosemary
10:14 AM on February 22, 2017 
If there is plastic involved, I would say a definite NO to it being Pit-a-Pat.
Zoe H
12:28 PM on February 21, 2017 
Apart from being if the same basic construction as the traditional Pit-a-Pat cake stand, it's so far from the usyal style that it's hard to imagine it being that make isn't it? What did the article in IDHN say about it, Jenny and/or which issue please? It looks quite modern to be from the 30s too. No idea really though, just find it all very interesting!

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