This wonderful Victorian triple silver plated calling card tray depicts 3 Kate Greenaway figures or children. Calling card receivers or trays were a staple of Victorian homes and society. When you visited or “went a calling”, you were expected to leave your calling card – hence the calling card receiving tray! This tray was made by the highly regarded J.W. Tufts, Boston, Mass. The little girls in 18th century dress are referred to as Kate Greenaway girls. She was a famous English author and painter during the 1870 – 1890’s and was known for her children’s books. Her illustrations were of young boys and girls playing and wearing clothing of an earlier period. Her popularity was so extensive that it became the rage for Victorian parents to dress their children to look like Kate Greenaway figures. The center of the tray has an endearing chased design of a young Kate Greenaway boy and girl. The little boy is presenting a sunflower to his girlfriend. Notice the delicate chase work of vines and strawberries surrounding the portraits. The tray and silver plating are in excellent condition. 3.25"h X 8"w X 8"d, Condition: Excellent, Circa: 1880's.