Antique Monogrammed Silver Soldered Tray - Meriden Britannia Rogers Bros circa 1860s-1890s
Monogrammed trays are a delight in and of themselves, but this one is even more of a charmer when paired with gadroon-style edging and a scalloped shape. Made in Connecticut, between the 1860s and the 1890s by the Meriden Britannia Company using Rogers Bros designs (thanks to a merger), this tray bears the monogram MBS. Isn't it a dream to wonder just exactly who this MBS was? Mary Battina Scott. Michael Benjamin Smith. Mirabelle Solvang Bennett. Margo Bathsheba Sutton. Maximilian Blake Solano. Oh the names go on and on!
Measuring 18" inches in length, this sizeable tray is ideal for tea and coffee service, cocktail hour, tableside clearing and any situation really in which a tray is handy. Here in the Vintage Kitchen, we love trays like this for their supremely practical use but also for their ability to shine as wall decoration too. Its reflective silver surface catches the light in the prettiest of ways turning a dark spot in a room into a bright and lively nook.
- Scalloped shape
- Monogrammed initials MBS
- Stamped on back with makers mark
Silver soldered and made of nickel silver (a mixture of copper, metal and zinc), this tray bears some tarnishing and light scratches as expected with age. These notes on condition correlate with authentic aging and a gorgeous patina that can only be achieved with time. If you choose not to polish this piece it will darken over time with age to a deep metallic silver offering new character and a one-of-a-kind aesthetic.
Measures 18.5" inches (length) x 13" inches (width) and weighs just under 4lbs.