Some, but not all, Victorian dishes sets included
a 10 - 12" diameter flat tray. Some catalogs called them by a name such as Water Tray or even Cake Plate. Some were shaped so as to accept a
pitcher (see HERE), waste bowl (which see HERE)
and drinking vessels - either goblets (see HERE)
or tumblers (see HERE).
|CURRIER & IVES
This is called the "Balky Mule Tray" because it pictures a mule being urged by its driver to MOVE because a train is approaching. The mule is balking.
The 9 1/2" cobalt blue wine tray is probably a unique piece according
to Wm. Heacock who saw it personally. It is not for sale.
The "old gold" Balky Mule tray has some use scratches on
the surface, is 12 1/4" in diameter & is $125
A clear version - Center shown only - also 12 1/4" in diameter is $85
|This rare TWO PANEL apple green piece could be a bread plate or an ice cream tray. It is 8 1/2" x 10 3/4" by King, Son & Co. ca. 1885. $85|
|MELROSE aka DIAMOND BEADED BAND was made by Greensburg ca. 1889 and later by New Martinsville, McKee & Higbee. This water tray is flawless, 11 3/8" in diameter & $72|
|ESTHER aka Tooth & Claw ( We prefer Esther) is a very beautiful
Riverside Glass Co. pattern made ca. 1896. These are called Cake Plates by the maker & are large enough to be used as trays as they are 10 1/2" diameter.
As shown in the center photo, they sit up on three little 'stub' feet
a couple of inches off the table. Mere photography cannot do
justice to the brilliance of these plates.
The clear one is $95 & the rare green one with gold trim is $175
|PRIMROSE aka Stippled Primrose aka Canton #10 ca. 1880s. It is prettier than this photo, 11" diam. & has one small chip on the top edge. $65||SHELL & TASSEL aka Duncan's #555 ca. 1881. It is 13" long and fits as an underplate for the master berry bowl.
|HARVARD YARD aka Harvard #1 by Tarentum Glass Co. ca. 1890s.
A full 12" in diameter & we actually have 2 @
|WILLOW OAK aka Oak Leaf aka Acorn & Oak by Bryce Bros. ca. 1870s.
It is 10 3/4" diam. & $62 in clear.
In amber $75.
|FINECUT - this is also called Tiny Fine Cut or Parisian made by U S Glass Co. ca. 1910. It is 10 1/4" in diameter & has a small rim around the perimeter. $46||PANELED DAISY aka Brazil by Bryce Bros ca. 1889. It is 11" in diameter and worthy as a water tray, cake plate or ?. $75|
|FEATHER DUSTER aka Rosette Medallion aka Huckle by U S Glass Co. ca. 1895. This could be a water tray OR a cake plate. It is 11 3/4" in diameter & only $85.||VIRGINIA aka Foster Block & later aka Captain Kidd is Fostoria's #140 ca. 1888.
It is 10" diam. & $72.
This tray is formed to hold a water set of pitcher, waste bowl & tumblers or goblets.
Outside dimensions are 12" x 12". Made by Richards & Hartley
|FRANCESWARE HOBNAIL aka Hobbs #323, frosted by Hobbs Brockunier
ca. 1885. Another example of a tray shaped to accommodate a
water set but the use is certainly not resticted thereto.
There is a pinpoint nic on the inside top edge. $85
by Hobbs Brockunier & Co. ca. 1891. A clear water set tray as above but could be used for serving or displaying anything. $65
|HOBNAIL blue water tray like the clear one above also by Hobbs Brockunier & Co. ca. 1891. They are both overall 12 3/4" x 12 1/2". $85|
|INVERTED THUMBPRINT was made by King Sons & Co. ca. 1880s. This apple green beauty is almost like a tray because it is 9 5/8" diam w/ turned up outside edges. It sits on 3 little ribbed 'feet'. It is more likely a serving piece
rather than a water tray.