What Is The Age and Value of These Trays?

Three trays on a stand.These hand painted wooden trays were in my grandmother's 'stuff' and I have no idea the age or worth of these trays. Everything is wooden except the metal handles on each tray. There is glass on top of each tray. There are two sets of these, making six trays. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


The painted top of the tray.
The ornate carved edge of the tray.

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December 16, 20211 found this helpful
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This is so cool! These kind of tea carts were popular in the 1920s and then came back in the late 50s early 60s. After that, the hand painted wood ones were replaced with more modern, sleek, metal and glass tea carts.

Can you tell if yours had wheels (hole in the legs where the wheel would go). To me that would determine if it is a caddy (stationary) or a cart (movable).


Are the legs assembled with screws to the base? Sometimes that can help determine the age by looking at the construction...I can't see it so I can't tell, but it has more of a 1920s look than the pieces made in the 50s/60s to look old.

If you have a good antique dealer in your town, I suggest taking it to them and having them go over it and they can tell you the value in your town.

In some place these are very common and fetch very little, but because they were work horse items used when ladies lunched and had teas and card parties and were very social, many did not survive, so if you are in a place with that situation, that would increase the value, especially if someone was looking for a really nice period piece to finish their room.

The price range will also depend on the actual condition (things I can't see in a picture--like if it wobbles, has stains or smells.) Bad smells are the one of the biggest things that devalues items--especially if they are were kept in a damp basement and they have that icky basement smell.


Because this is meant to be a working piece, a wobble will also devalue it.

The paint looks pretty good so if all else is good--you can always start high if you are going to do it on your own and take best offer.

Neat pieces!! Thanks for sharing!

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December 17, 20210 found this helpful

Thank you! I think you might be pretty close on the age because I'm 74 and these were my grandmother's things. You're awesome!

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December 17, 20210 found this helpful

Post back if you learn more! So excited to hear more!!

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December 14, 20211 found this helpful

Any time I want to find out any thing about a certain item ---- I do a search on eBay. You will have to describe the item in detail. Look on your trays for any numbers/makes/manufacture/dates, any thing that would be reverent to finding out information on eBay.


Its possible you will find some thing simular. Good luck !!

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December 14, 20211 found this helpful

My mother had something similar. It is from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. I don't know the value, however.

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