This richly engraved and repoussed Tea or Serving Tray was produced in Vienna, Austria in 1857, hallmarked for Vienna and Hallmarked "T&Co" for the maker.
Designed in a mid 19th Century Rococco Revival fashion, the Border has deep repoussed Flowers with hand chasing...the Corners are decorated with a Scroll and Shell Motif. The Center Panel is hand engraved with interwoven Grape clusters and Branches, with the Center decorated with Engraved Melons, Pears, Cherries, Plums, etc. There is an oval open space intended for a Monogram, but is currently blank.
The Tray is constructed in a unique Austro-Hungarian fashion, with a removable Wood Frame as an Insulator mounted on the underside....designed to keep Hot items from affecting the Table surface, and to add support for heavy foods, as well as aiding the ease of cleaning and polishing (an excellent idea!). We have seen this system on other trays from this region of Europe (see photo).
This handsome Tray is approx. 27" long across the Handles and 16" wide....the actual Silver weight is approx. 75 troy oz (a silver mark of a #13 indicates approx. .812 silver content). It is in Excellent Condition for its age!!
A very unique Tray of Victorian Continental Silver that would be a fine addition to your collection, and for your next Dinner Party...