The finest Victorian home would not have been complete without a glass dome or two (or more) in its parlour. Practical as well as decorative they housed almost anything imaginable, including flowers or fruit made from paper, wax, silk or shells.
Each dome would have a wooden base with little bun feet and most often these bases were painted a shiny black. A circular groove was cut into the wood for the dome to rest on and a braid or cord was wound around the rim of the glass to protect it. Genuine antique domes will always have these components although the braid or cord is very often missing.