I'd like to think I'm fairly familiar with all that is out there in the world of German kitchen-related antiques, but I have to admit I hadn't seen the personalized ironstone cake stands before from the old German pastry shops. As you can imagine, there aren't many of them out there to be found. Quite a few of them no doubt were broken due to being used on a daily basis in the shops to display fresh tortes and pastries. The old German script dates the pieces to the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th. Most have a low pedestal, although I have had one on a high base which, unfortunately, was broken.
This stand has the name of the pastry shop owner and street name and number.
This bears the name of the shop owner and city, Berne . . .
. . . while this version has only the pastry shop owner's name. This one, as well as the other pictured with the street address, are grooved at the edge to accommodate a glass dome.