Antique James W. Tufts Victorian cherub floral footed silver plate tray from the late 1880's is in excellent condition without monograms.
This footed tray has two angelic figures in its center; one of them is certainly cherub in its form, as we can see its has wings, the other one though appearing cherub, does not display wings, both figures are captivating in their expressions. Measuring 8 3/4 inches by 7 inches and 1 1/2 inches tall, it is ample in its size to perform many functions; please see photo 7 for just a few possible ideas to add to yours; as we are sure you will have many some perhaps may include using it as a gift for someone you Treasure! It is slightly triangular in shape which allows it to fit into lots of places and is a very nice height at 1 1/2 inches tall; it also has an ample slightly recessed area to keep the item(s) you put on and in it where you want them, in it! It has its makers information printed in a circle on the back; James W Tufts, Boston, Warranted, Quadruple Plated and his logo with a 'T' in the center of that circle with its style or catalogue number, 3145, out to the side of this information circle. In addition there is a hand itched number on the underside inside lip, that is difficult to discern,. We have occasionally seen this tray appear on the market over the years, but never in any finer condition than this one.
James Walker Tufts (1835 – 1902) the designer and producer of this beautiful piece was a well known silversmith, who if history bears truth, opened his business in Boston in 1875. He also founded the Arctic Soda Fountain Co., that eventually merged with several other companies to form the American Soda Fountain Co. He had apprenticed at age of 16 in a drug store and rose to become a wealth business man, eventually after all the a fore mentioned accomplishments he had the vision to build a "health resort for people of modest means" and with his own money purchased 500 acres initially and later 5500 acres more to build Pinehurst, NC (you know this city, of the famous resort and golf courses) from the ground up! Much more then a silversmith! (K7558)
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