Vintage love

The tray that formed the backdrop for all those patterns was quite a find at a large garage sale. It’s an art deco tray – simple marquetry and the signature lines of the handles and the combination of metal and wood. It was bought as part of a small lot of goods so it’s tricky figuring out how much we paid for it. Possibly as much as $1.

The woman who sold it to us commented that it was a really old tray, perhaps from the 1960s and 1950s. And this meant of course that it was worth less. That’s fine by me.

Marquetry with metal handles

Marquetry with metal handles

It will need some restoration – the varnish has crazed and is missing in some places. Overall though, it’s in remarkably good condition.

wood, metal and lines

wood, metal and lines

This other tray I bought in Geelong a few months ago. I suspect it’s from the 1940s and it has a more everyday look to it. It’s unvarnished with a layered wood trim around the edges. I can imagine this in a weatherboard home for afternoon tea on Saturdays. This was one was hugely expensive – about $30.

1940s, perhaps?

1940s, perhaps?

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

And a gratuitous flower shot:

Native orchid after rain

Native orchid after rain

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