My tea service was assembled over time -- a tea pot, a coffee pot, a hot water kettle (which is monogrammed with my initials), sugar and creamer and a "waste" bowl which I often use for sugar cubes.
A tea service needs a tray and I found a silver one somewhere. And before acquiring the hot water kettle, it was sufficient. But with the addition of the kettle, it seemed small.
I had a bigger tray but it had a gradoon edge and somehow the tea set didn't look right! And so I was on the hunt!
And I found . . .
This beautiful rectangular silver tray. With a great border and acorns on the ends of the handles. The center of the tray is engraved.
Mr. and Mrs. F. Curry
Amherst Military Band
I'm a sucker for anything engraved -- especially silver pieces. And it helps to date the tray -- it dates at least to 1895. I would assume that Mr. Curry perhaps was the band leader of the Amherst Military Band and the tray was from a grateful band for his leadership over the years!
I think the tea service looks smashing on it!!!!
It's a small change but I am joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday.