Period Reproductions and Restorations

(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.

K-122-AR Nut Tray 5"W x 5"D x 2"H


K-122A-AR Nut Tray with candleholder  


K-110-AR Apple Tray 11 1/2"W x 11 1/2"D x 2 3/4"H


Apple Tray

Apple Tray

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