Handsome Mahogany Butler’s Tray on Stand, English, circa 1870. Perfect for coffee service after dinner, a cocktail tray, or even as a wonderful, guest room, bedside table. 1
height: 33 in. 84 cm., width: 27 in. 68.5 cm., depth: 21 in. 53 cm.
Further readings and sources:
- The Butler’s Toolkit: The Butler’s Tray
A traditional butler’s tray was originally designed for serving beverages and food. It was a folding table that he would carry anywhere, whether serving drinks in the drawing room, lunch on the patio or coffee in the library. The butler’s tray is an indispensible tool and every household should have one.
There are several types of butler’s tray. Some have a slight rim for carrying beverages or plates; others have specific functions, such as a cutlery tray for setting the table.
The Butler Speaks: A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining, and the Art of Good Housekeeping. by Charles McPhereson, © April 23, 2013. ↩