Rather large old multifunctional tray, France, 1900
I first had no idea where this rather large tray was used for. But I gave it some thought and came to a conclusion. So please read on.
At first I thought it might have been a harvest tray, but after some consideration I dismissed this idea. Since the divider in the middle has no handle to hold it. A toolbox then? Don't think so . The wood used is just a tat too pretty for a simple toolbox and the finishing to neat.
Because when you look carefully, some craftsmanship was put to work to make this tray. The corners of the planks used are all neatly curved. And the it was put together with 'dovetails', where someone put some iron plates on to protect the corners.
I came to the conclusion that it is an old produce tray. For use in the kitchen, to separate the potatoes from the onions. So they could be stored next to each other without the potatoes tasting like onions at the end of winter.
Dimensions: h 29, b 59 cm, d 55 cm