This brass tray dates to the Art Nouveau period (late 19th C. - early 20th C.). It is marked AUSTRIA and Ges. Gescht. The latter is an abbreviation for gesetzlich geschutzt, which was used in both Austria and Germany to note a copyrighted pattern. The piece is simple, yet elegant. It is perfectly symmetrical, with a laurel pattern next to three marks that act as a column followed by another rectangular pattern as one gets near the edge of the tray. Both sides follow this strict design. The round nature of the inner part of the tray contrasts with the sharp lines of the indented patterns. This mixture of natural and man-made suits the period well. A charming trinket, this tray would make a nice small gift for someone who adores old European items.
L: 11 1/2 in. W: 4 in.