𝐵𝓇𝒾𝓃𝑔𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒶 𝒮𝑒𝓇𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒯𝓇𝒶𝓎 𝐵𝒶𝒸𝓀 𝒯𝑜 𝐿𝒾𝒻𝑒
Story time: My husband and I have been visiting every thrift store and second-hand shop in town trying to find the perfect desk for my office (we did find one, but more on that in another post) and whilst at Goodwill I saw this huge electroplated serving tray that would sit perfectly on our ottoman, once it arrives from overseas. We've been looking for a good tray, but hadn't really found the right one. We've been using some cheap plastic ones from Daiso in the meantime. They're very cute, but just don't really work aesthetically lol.
Anyway, this is obviously not an art related post. However, it was super satisfying to clean this tray up and thought I'd share it here as maybe some of you will likewise find it satisfying :) Plus this tray is like a little work of art, don't you think? I'm not positive when this was made, and the only mark is a tiny sphinx with 'electroplated copper' beneath it, but I did some internet sleuthing and a couple antique sites mention that it's likely an American made 20th century reproduction of a 19th century English Sterling tray. Possibly 1920s, and maaaaybe they were trying to make the logo resemble one of John Batt and Co.? Regardless of its origins, it was only $6 and I am happy with it.
Look at how sad and dirty it was. It will be much beloved in our house. I should have taken a photo of the bottom, it was honestly nearly completely tarnished.
See?? So satisfying! My daughter and husband were impressed by what a difference the silver cream made.
The finished product! I might go over it again, especially around the edges, but I think it's pretty decent as is. I actually don't mind a little tarnish as it makes it look more antique. My living room is kind of vintage explorer/adventurer-eque and so I think it'll fit in perfectly; kind of like the Porter camp in Disney's Tarzan...maybe if I find the right silver teapot I'll add that too lol. It's a work in progress, like most of my house.
Hope you enjoyed this random little blog post, have a great rest of the week!