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SALVER - WAITER - CARD TRAY

The earliest known mention of such a piece is in 1661, wherein it is described as follows "...salver is a new fashioned piece of wrought plate, broad and flat, with a foot underneath, and is used in giving beer, or other liquid thing to save the Carpit or Cloathes from drops..."
Originally they stand on a foot underneath but within a short time they left place to the more attractive shapes on three or four short feet.
Salvers occur in various sizes and shapes. being basically circular but in some cases square or polygonal with rounded corners (rare triangular examples are also known).
The original use with drinking vessels was gradually coupled with that as card tray to hold letters, visiting cards, newspapers, etc. for informal presentation from a servant.


silver salver, London 1823 silver salver, London 1768 silver salver, Gorgam

silver salver, London 1898 silver salver, London 1818 silver salver, London 1907




silver salver, Kirk & Son silver salver, London 1773 silver salver, London 1773



silver salver, London 1735 silver salver, London 1749 silver salver, London 1735



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