A vintage, possibly antique, French gilded bronze pen tray with acorn and oak leaf detail.
The tray has been lightly cleaned but might benefit from further, more expert, cleaning. There is a degree of verdigris to the surface both topside and underside. It seems as though someone has tried to scratch the gilding to check the composition of the benefit (perhaps they had failed to see the word bronze impressed in the topside of the tray). There is other wear to the gilding, commensurage with age and use, which we have tried to show in the photographs. When placed on a flat surface, the tray wobbles slightly. Apart from this, the tray is structurally sound and weighs about 441g.
The tray measures just under 10.25in across at its widest (including the handles) and about 5in at its widest part from top to bottom. The rim stands at about 0.375in high. Exact age unknown but possibly dates from the first half of last century.
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