In the early nineteenth century, long, oblong trays became fashionable. Gallery trays -named for their lip or ridge, which was called a ‘gallery’ - were trays made in either wood or metal, with higher sides than the traditional tray.
This provides more security, preventing items being carried from slipping, or tipping off the surface of the tray. Victorian trays were heavily ornamented, to adhere to the style of many pieces of silverware and homeware at this time.
Types of Trays
Decoration can vary from heavy, detailed baroque styling to subtle, modern, art deco shapes and styles. At AC Silver, we have a wide variety of types and styles of tray to suit every need and home.
Whether you’re looking for a grand piece for ornamentation, a large, practical piece to use as part of dining service, or a specially decorated piece to use every day, we have a tea tray, a drinks tray, or a snuffer tray to suit you.
As well as silver trays, we also have meat platters, salvers and waiters, tazzas, bread dishes, all contained within the tray category. These all have specific small differences and histories, however they can all be considered forms of tray.