Victorian oval silver tray

Victorian oval silver tray

£1,600

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2057

Graceful oval tray in sterling silver with a flared rim that is embossed and engraved with slanted fluting and wave-like scrolls. This tray would particularly suit a three-piece tea set.

The serving tray as we know it today is an evolution of the salver, which was a term used in England from the mid-seventeenth century to denote a flat tray without handles, usually made of silver. Some salver designs feature supporting feet - usually three or four.

The word salver derives from the Latin salvare meaning to save. Originally, food or drink intended for royalty would be initially tasted by a servant for signs of poison before it reached the royal top table. Being served on the salver indicated that this process had taken place and the food and drink was now fit for a king.

Dimensions:

Width 460 mm / 18 14"
Depth 270 mm / 10 34"
Weight 884 g (28.42 troy ozs)
Year

1886

Place

Sheffield

Condition

Excellent

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