Learn about Butler's Tray

A deep, detachable tray, often with folding sides usually made of wood, with finger slots, that rests on an X-shaped support. Invented during the 18th century, butler's trays continued to be made until comparatively recent times until, that is, people no longer went 'into service'. Now popular, because they take up only minimal storage space when 'put away'. However when looking at a potential purchase check firstly that the folding support is old, and secondly that it belongs to the tray with which it is presented.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A 19th century Australian colonial cedar butler's tray with gallery edge on a folding bobbin turn stand, 84 cm high, 78 cm long, 51 cm wide.

Modern mahogany butlers tray on stand measures 50 cm x 70 cm x 42 cm

A 19th century mahogany, butlers tray on stand, the rectangular tray with pierced handles with a folding stand. 92 cm high, 71 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany butler's tray and stand. Early 19th century, of typical form with a panelled and strapworked base, brass hinging to the fold down crescent shaped sides with hand holes, and a folding 'X' form stretcher stand with later webbing. Height 6

Georgian mahogany folding butler's tray 19th century. Height 69.5 width 102.3 depth 64.2 (extended). Provenance: Collection of Margot Montgomery

A mahogany butlers tray on stand, 19th century. 86 cm high, 70 cm wide, 45 cm wide

A mahogany butler's tray on stand. 70 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany butlers tray on stand, rectangular/oval tray with hinged sides on folding trestle stand. Width 72 cm

A Victorian mahogany butlers tray on stand, rectangular three-quarter gallery tray and folding trestle stand. Width 83 cm

A brass mounted cedar butlers tray and stand, Tasmanian, circa 1850, 83.5 cm high, 91 cm wide, 71 cm deep (extended). Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woo

Georgian mahogany folding butler's tray stand, brass hardware and fold out sides, height 90 cm, width 73 cm, depth 63 cm. Provenance: the Estate of Julie Biber

Cedar butler's tray on stand. Height 88 cm, width 70 cm, depth 46 cm. Provenance: Sir Thomas Ramsey Prior

A 19th century mahogany butler's tray on a turned wood stand. Height 75 cm. Width 75 cm. Depth 50 cm

A 19th century Australian cedar butlers tray on stand, the rectangular tray with pierced handles together with a folding stand, 77 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 88 cm in diameter

Victorian mahogany butlers tray. on folding wood turned stand. Width 65 cm Depth 40 cm height 88 cm

A Victorian mahogany butler's tray on stand, the tray with gallery and handles, on an x folding ring turned stand. Height 75 cm. Width 69 cm. Depth 47 cm.

A Georgian mahogany butlers tray on stand, English, 19th century 100 x 72 x 49 cm

Georgian style mahogany butler's tray on stand with brass rod handles. Height 91 cm. Length 76 cm. Depth 31 cm

A Victorian mahogany butler's tray on stand, with gallery, supported on an x stretcher stand. Depth 50 cm. Length 81 cm. Height 85 cm

A George III fiddle back mahogany butlers tray, on later stained beech folding stand, with brass hinged sides and carrying handles. Width 70 cm. Depth 62 cm. Height 93 cm

An Australian cedar butler's tray on stand, circa 1835, the tray of oval form with four brass hinged sides with carrying holes to each end, the folding stand with square legs held open by leather straps, with number 4832 to base of tray indicating a public

A mid-20th century English mahogany butler's tray, with brass hinged sides, supported on an x folding stand. Width 41 cm. Length 61 cm. Height 62 cm

A good quality mahogany butlers tray on stand, circa 1820. Tray. Width 90 cm x. Depth 60 cm, stand. Height 82 cm

A mahogany butler's tray on stand, 19th century 81 cm diameter. Height 60 cm the tray of oval form with hinged panels on a cross stretcher base

A Victorian mahogany butler's tray on matching stand. Width 75 cm. Depth 50 cm. Height 85 cm

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