- (left to right)
- Nut Tray, Apple Tray, Nut Tray with Candle Holder
These photographs beautifully show the reflections of the
fruit and nuts on the sides of these two trays. While both trays
are similar to the design of earlier oval and rectangular English
trays, these square-shaped trays are a purely American utensil
that can be dated back to as early as the 1840's.
The apple tray is reproduced from a copy of an old pattern. Constructed
from five pieces, all seams are of a mechanical nature and do
not require soldering. Some period trays were constructed from
three pieces with two sides and the bottom made from a single
piece of tinplate. Period apple trays were almost always japanned
(painted) and decorated with stenciled or, occasionally, hand-painted
designs. Due to demand this tray is offered with a natural finish.
Old ledgers indicate that in the 1840's an apple tray would have
sold for about seventy-five cents.
The small nut tray is available with or without a removable candleholder.
Both trays come with thin plastic liners that are nearly invisible
and protect the tray's mirror-like finish.
||5"W x 5"D x 2"H
||Nut Tray with candleholder
||11 1/2"W x 11 1/2"D x 2 3/4"H
- Apple Tray