This magnificent piece is a classic example of a lifestyle which, for the most part, no longer exists. This is a smoking tray, circa 1880. The purpose of this piece was to offer cigarettes and cigars to friends in a social gathering. The tray would be place on a table or was carried around the room and guests would help themselves to the offerings. After the cigar or cigarette was chosen, the lamp in the center if the tray would be picked up for the purpose of lighting the cigar or cigarette. During the gathering, the lamp, by way of a wick stuffed into the lamp, would remain lit.
The craftsmanship on this piece is exquisite as you can see by the superb engraving on both the tray and lamp. On one side of the tray is an inscription in Latin "VIRTUS IN ACTIONE CONSISTIT", " POWER IN ACTIVITY".
Length: 13 3/4"
Weight: 37.1 Troy oz.
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