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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Silver Tip Trays

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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  1. Oh, I just love these! What a fun thing to collect, maybe a new one to start, ... right? lol
    Thanks for sharing with us, they're amazing.

  2. I love vintage silver trays. Thanks for sharing the history behind these pretty little trays at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  3. How sweet they are,and so well priced. We would never get them for that price here in Australia if we could find any that is. I've never seen them before. Thank you for following me, I am following you back. x