Do you know what these tiny silver trays are for?
They are lovely little pieces of history - hotel silver tip trays. Tip trays like these were used in finer hotels, restaurants, and long distance railroads to leave a gratuity for the waiter or housekeeping staff.
Here is a tray from the Arlington Hotel made by the Reed and Barton silver company.
Hotel silver is usually heavy for it's size.
A small tip tray on your nightstand is the perfect place to keep pocket change or jewelry.
They are not very expensive, maybe $5-15, if you are lucky enough to find one!
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