Antique German "Summer Brett??" Tray 1800's

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by SEAN DINEEN, Sep 18, 2021.


    SEAN DINEEN Active Member

    Hello Forum, I am helping a local charity thrift shop identify unique donated items and came across this unique tray. Little rough but had an interesting note attached in German about this "Brett" or board/tray - please see pics attached. Thanks! @verybrad @Poisonivy 0917211506a_kindlephoto-5728512.jpg 0917211506_kindlephoto-5760834.jpg
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2021
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  2. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    I don't read German so can't speak to the note. Tray appears to be Japanese lacquer. Would think 20th century rather than 19th.
  3. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    please show pic of note.

    SEAN DINEEN Active Member

    Hi note is German

    SEAN DINEEN Active Member

    Thanks Brad...Japanese tray via Germany to USA...
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  6. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    Liebe Heidi,
    dieses Servierbrett stammt von Deinen Urgrosseltern....
    aus dem Jahre 1840...

    Dear H, this server/ tray dates back to your great-grand-parents...
    appr. 1840...
    Should your great-grand-mother have brought it into the the marriage/family then it could be from 1800...

    two problems. family hear-say and the script is not earlier than 1920s, rather later into the 1950s.
  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    As Brad said, a Japanese tray.
    I find dating Japanese lacquer very difficult, it is easier when there is more going on in the design. I have seen pristine pieces from the 17th century, and don't know enough about the development of single motifs.
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  8. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    not oo sure about that. Urgrosseltern would be written Urgroßeltern in Germany and with the normal ss in Switzerland, Austria and other German-speaking regions like parts of Belgium, Luxemburg, Alsace etc..
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