You are looking at an absolutely stunning Victorian era tea tray, which features hand beading and wool needlepoint. I don’t think my photos do it justice.
This round tea tray has a 1 3/8” wood frame with brass tone handles on each side.
The center features beautiful beadwork & needlepoint. The yellowish gold background is done entirely with beads, as are the white petal portion of the three flowers (also features two shades of gray beads). The leaves are needlepoint
The back is covered in what appears to be the original cardboard backing, along with old nails. There is a wire hanger, which is newer, but not new (I’ve had this tray for about 25 years, so it’s older than that).
The condition is superb, when you consider this dates to the 1880’s, possibly earlier. The wood frame has minor scratches and the brass colored handles show wear. There are four “lines” on the frame, which are seam lines; at the top, bottom & on each side. There are areas on each of the white petals where there are no beads; you can see the mesh backing. Since each of the three flowers have this, it appears to me beads were intentionally left off, giving the flowers/petals more depth.
The tray is 15” in diameter without the handles, 17” with the handles. The beadwork is 13” in diameter.
This is truly a magnificent Victorian tea tray, which would make an outstanding wall hanging. The lucky new owner will love it!
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