Art Nouveau Solid Silver Calling Card Tray with Angels - Myatt & Co B'ham 1909 (Code 2247)
A beautiful Edwardian period solid silver tray decorated with Reynolds angels. It is of compressed quatrefoil shape with a decorative rim and outer pattern of repousse flower heads. It is very much in the English interpretation of the Art Nouveau style. It has a Birmingham hallmark for 1909 and the makers mark is for W J Myatt who manufactured in Birmingham and had a retail space in Hatton Garden at this time. This company was also noted for making razor blades.
The tray would have been used for calling cards, part of the complex social rules of the Victorian and Edwardian period largely swept away after the world wars. When calling you would place your card on this tray, if the person you were calling on was in a servant would take it on the tray to the intended recipient. If they were not in, then the card would be left on the tray for when the person returned. Today of course you could use it for many purposes or simply enjoy it on display.
Good for period, some minor wear as expected.
Width: 29 cm ( 11 3/8 inch )
Height: 20.2 cm ( 8 inch )
Weight: 238 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2247 AG20-4
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