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Large Art Deco Ceramic Tray from Germany with Handle, Empress NYS Co.
This wonderful ceramic and metal tray comes from pre-World War II Germany in the 1920's. It measures about 13 inches in diameter and has a total height of 3/4 inch not including the handle. It consists of a round glazed ceramic tile in the center that has been decorated in four quadrants with an Art Deco motif done in dark green and ox-blood red. The design is simple and striking. There is an inventory or design code number “1865" on the back of the ceramic part that means nothing to us. There is also an impressed code that looks to be 3 L 30. On the edge of the underside it is marked “Germany.” Metal edging runs around the rim of the ceramic piece. The composition of the metal is unknown but it appears to be nickel-silver that is probably plated over a base metal. The metal has developed a satin patina that is typical of aged nickel-silver. Attached to the metal rim there is a hinged metal band handle that can be raised or lowered. It is made from the same metal as the rim and has a perforated design much like the rim does. The ceramic tray is in very good condition. There are no chips or cracks. There are several very tiny scratches in the glazed surface that are easily overlooked because they are so subtle. On the hinge point for the handle there is a stamped makers impression that is difficult to read. It is marked with a crown and appears to say Empress NYS Co. Depending upon who you talk to that might stand for New York Stamping Co. or New York Silver Co. It might be something else entirely. Regardless of the origin of the piece, this is a decorative item that you would always feel comfortable using or displaying at any time. It would be a nice way to serve your cheese and crackers with a good glass of wine!
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