A Very Attractive And Extremely Good Quality Mid 19th Century Rosewood Letter Tray, Of Unusually Diminutive Proportions, Having Exceptionally Well Figured Top With Studworlk Decoration To Galleried Sides And Stylish Original Turned Carrying Handles.
This elegant little tray was almost certainly originally purposed as a letter tray. In simple terms that means that when the post was delivered, one of the staff would use this tray to collect it from the front door and transport it to the study of owner of the house.
For something with such a relatively simple original purpose this tray is really quite beautiful. It is constucted from very good quality rosewood which is hughly figured and retains a wonderful colour and patina.
Overall the condition is good, with just a few old repairs evident to the gallery and the handles. However everything is original and there repairs fall under just general wear and tear for something of this age. Certainly there is nothing visually displeasing and from a structural point of view the tray is sound and perfectly fit for purpose.
Talking of purpose it seems the perfect size for not just its original purpose, but also for perhaps serving a couple of drinks from, or an elaborate way of serving ones tea or coffee in bed of a morning. It would also serve a purpose as just a very elegant, different object, or piece of art in a room that is attractive visually.