James W. Tufts multiple character Greenaway ornate footed Victorian silver plate multi-use tray, having five (5) famous Kate Greenaway characters and displaying minimal use make this extra nice tray especially desirable for any collector. The tray is a rare find with its many Greenaway Victorian characters; there are triplets performing the duties of the feet and handles for the tray, all appropriately dressed in Victorian attire down to their shoes. Then in the center we have a very ornate country scene depicting a Victorian boy presenting an oversized sunflower to a stunningly attired Victorian girl. An empty cartouche is below our couple. Strawberries complete with leaves and vines ring the outside border for the elaborate decorations of the dish! The "server's" rim is 7 inches in diameter and each child adds 3/4 inch more in width with her bonnet / her shoes. The back of the tray is marked, J. W. TUFTS, with BOSTON under it and TRIPLE PLATE under Boston. Catalog number 3118 under all of the previous is present to complete its mark. The dish has slightly sloping sides and is approximately 1/2 inch deep in its center; no noticeable plate lose, a very glossy piece. The perfect size for the executive's desk for business cards, exotic chocolates, those notes about 'have to get done projects' or special morning fresh fruits, pastries etc. Small enough to fit most anywhere, large enough to hold a lot! Works at home or office performing many functions for dinner parties large and intimate too. A great conversation starter in countless places!
James Walker Tufts (1835 – 1902) the designer 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 to 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 initially purchased 500 acres 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, I'd say. (L0768)
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