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.
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
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
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
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