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Icing sugar 'Charles Dickens' cake decoration

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DH540

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ornament

Label

Icing sugar cake topper in the form of Charles Dickens, standing on a podium. This cake decoration was made in 1970 by the Dickens Fellowship, to adorn a cake to mark the centenary of Dickens's death. The podium has a broken top, and one of Dickens's hands is missing.

Other number

2543 (2009 DH object access database number)

Acqusition history

Created by the Dickens Fellowship in 1970.

Physical description

Ornamental cake topper consisting of a figure of Charles Dickens moulded from icing standing on a white plaster platform with white icing decoration forming an oramental archway. The support structure of the archway also appears to be plaster.The figure of Dickens appears to be supported with plastic-coated wire which is visible where his left hand is missing. There are piped letters and the from spelling Charles Dickens. The figure of Dickens and the letters have been coloured-most likely with food colouring.

Object history note

In 1970 various events were held to mark the centenary of Charles Dickens's death, from performances and exhibitions to dinners. This cake topper was likely used at one of the many special events put on by the Dickens Fellowship in that year.

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CHARLES
DICKENS
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