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.
The stunning tea service looksw amazing in that, pretty, antique engraved tray! Love little/big changes like this! Have a great week.
Beautiful tray and tea set! Love that it has the date on the tray. I have a silver tray and and tea set from my Mother-in-law. It was boxed up so long and tarnished that it now has pit marks on it. I still love it though, and feel so honored to have it.
This is beautiful. Your silver is pleased with having more space and such a lovely border.
What a beautiful piece. I just love silver, even if I do have to polish it!
Wow, Martha! This looks so great! I love the tray that you found and that it works so well for what you wanted. I don't do silver myself, but I do love to look at yours. A couple of years ago my neighbor passed away and her auction was LOADED with sliver things like you show today...it went for pennies. But I had no place to put it for either use or storage. So thanks for sharing yours today!
Whact a find and perfect for the whole collection to be showcased!
Stunning! You have a lovely service. I love silver and I've always found it oddly relaxing to polish it!
Michelle -- as do I!!! When I had my first knee replacement surgery, polishing the silver napkin rings was an "Occupational Therapy" chore that I did -- not told to mind you, but figured that I ought to be up doing something. Second knee it was the copper pots!
When I have time, I do love to sit and polish and think about those who had these pieces before I!
Wow what a gorgeous tray!! We know a family by the name of Curry ;-)
Lovely tea service with a story! That's the best.
So do we!
What lovely silver you have!! That tray is really so special. I feel the same way about monograms. Someone loved it enough or it was a special gift to have it personalized like that.
You were patient to collect that over time and Wow-so beautiful and all the more unique.
Please come visit Lady B and me. We have a tea giveaway you may like.
Your solution is a lovely one. Looking at your photos reminds me that it's time for a good polish of my tea service.
A perfect size to hold all your magnificient silver pieces!!!
I think your SILVER tea set is Stunning...so regal and so refined to serve up some tea from a real silver tea pot!!!!I would love to join you sometime!!!
I would love to own a set like that......I have silver jewelry from Tiffany's and it is SO much work keeping it looking nice....so an entire tea set would be ALOT of work!!!!
But I sure would enjoy it!!!!
What a great find - your tea service looks really good on it too.
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