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Object ID # 1957.013.002
Object Name Tray, Household
Other Name Salver
Title Victorian Card Tray
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Credit line In Memory of J. B. Henderson
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin England, United Kingdom?
Description A Victorian card tray (known as a salver in Britain) is made of quadruple silver-plated metal. It is designed with chariot-style wheels which turn and a figure of cupid (a winged cherub) is twisted to the left and leaning backward on the pointed end (this is due to damage - see Condition). The tray is shaped like a leaf with scalloped edges. Incised on each large scallop is a flower. The pattern is as follows: daisy? followed by alternating sunflowers? and morning glories? (three each) and ended by another daisy? The narrow scallops between each of the wide scallops each have an upside-down tear drop shape incised with a wiggly line. This card tray is likely English-made.
Provenance Manufacturer unknown. Belonged to the Colonel Grassett family of Toronto, who were of English origin. The Grassetts were a prominent family in the city. Col. Grassett and J. B. Henderson of Owen Sound both served in World War I, and they also served as officers at St. James Cathedral and became friends. Colonel Grassett gave the card tray to Henderson at some point.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Henderson resided in Owen Sound, Grey County.

Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Metal/Silver
Dimensions H-11 W-18.8 L-23 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects Valentines
Visiting cards
Function Placed inside an entry way or drawing room / parlour in a middle and upper-class household and would be used to receive printed calling cards from callers (visitors). Ladies and gentlemen had printers print quantities of personalized cards, which were usually kept in a portable card case. If a visitor found that the visited person was not at home, one would then leave a card as evidence of one's call.
In Victorian times there were protocols concerning visiting (what to wear, on which day of the weeks it was appropriate, order of whom to call on according to one's relationships, etc.) which could be found in etiquette books.