Museum logo
Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object ID # 1957.016.001
Object Name Tray, Serving
Title Victorian Tea Tray
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Made "H"
Place of Origin Meriden, Connecticut?
Description Very large kidney-shaped silver-plated Victorian serving tray. The base of the tray is engraved with an ornate pattern depicting birds and foliage. The outer edges of the platter is decorated with embossed birds and flowers. The handles are B-shaped, to provide a good hand grip for carrying, and feature scroll-work designs. The back has some white residue on it and some tarnishing or wearing of the silver down to the base metal. A tiny "H" is impress-stamped in the centre of the platter on the back. See RELATED for the other items of the tea service.
Makers mark It has an impress-stamped "H" (present in the centre of the underside of the tray)
Provenance Made in Connecticut? Reportedly was used in the home of Hiram Kilbourn of Owen Sound, Grey County.

Last owned by his great-grandson, Mr. W. Quay Kilbourn of Toronto.

Collection Food Service Tools & Equipment
Material Metal/Silver
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kilbourn, Hiram
Kilbourn, John Melbourne
Subjects Tea parties
Function This large tray is part of a silver-plated tea service that had belonged to the Hiram Kilbourn Family.