• Item: Butlers’ Tray
• Circa: 1890
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: England
• Wood: Solid oak
• Detachable panelled tray
• Cross banded top
• Brass hinged oval sides
• Open carrying handles
• Oak hinged folding stand
• Original polish
• Exceptional quality
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy
This is a fine quality antique English Victorian solid oak panelled butlers’ drinks tray and stand, circa 1870, in excellent condition. Butlers tray was used both on grand tours, campaigns, but also in wealthy houses for serving drinks. To the perimeter of the four-panelled tray is a folding oval gallery. The folding gallery sides retain the original brass hinges and also feature open carrying handles. The four-hinged sides can be raised to stop drinks sliding off the tray but also folded down to make a side table (and also allow it to be stored level when not in use). The tray sits on its original solid oak folding stand. The stand has a connecting stretcher below for additional strength.
The tray features a rich golden oak colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This truly is a very beautiful item with quality construction and is original throughout. It is rare to see one in such good condition.
This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the hallway to living or dining room. This item would certainly grace any home or office and a great investment, as they are an extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, but nothing significant, considering the age of the item. The tray and stand have been French polished by hand in our workshop, to a professional standard. There are no splits, damage or ring marks to the top. The level of detail and craftsmanship displayed is second to none. The tray retains its original brass hinges to the gallery sides. The wooden tray and stand are both sturdy. The stand has been re-webbed at some point in the past, for safety reasons. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.
Total Height (sides folded up) = 82.2cm or 32⅜” or 2ft 8⅜”
Height (sides folded down) = 74.2cm or 29¼” or 2ft 5¼”
Tray Width (sides folded up) = 72.5cm or 28½” or 2ft 4½”
Tray Width (sides folded down) = 87.1cm or 34¼” or 2ft 10¼”
Tray Depth (sides folded up) = 48cm or 18⅞” or 1ft 6⅞”
Tray Depth (sides folded down) = 63.8cm or 25⅛” or 2ft 1⅛”
Stand Width (open) = 63.5cm or 25” or 2ft 1”
Stand Depth = 50.8cm or 20” or 1ft 8”
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