The 1910’s: Folk with a Flourish

Arts & Crafts Hand-Hammered and Pierced Copper Tray with Scalloped Edge (LEO Design)

The Arts & Crafts movement promoted the idea of the hand-made.  And while such objects could be quite finessed, some pieces enjoyed a more naive, folk art aesthetic.  An example in point is the hand-hammered copper tray, shown above.  Beaten of heavy copper, the raised edges are further decorated with scalloping and hand-cut piercing.  The enormous time and patience required to remove these central bits—with a drill and coping saw—meant that this tray was, indeed, a labor of love.  But look closely and you’ll see that the decoration on each side of the tray varies just a little from its neighbors—a certain sign of its hand-made provenance.

The tray above would be perfect for serving drinks and can hold 8 -12 stems.  Furthermore, it would make a handsome centerpiece holding pillar candles or as a bottle caddy on a kitchen counter or dressing table.  


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