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Richard in Cincy

Tiered tea tray question

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Posted to Thread #29740 at 3:08 pm on Jul 7, 2017

I came into possession of a 3 tiered tea tray identical to the one in the link, except it is amber glass, when I purchased my dining room table at an estate sale last year. It's beautiful, but I just don't know what to do with it since it isn't really a tray, it's more like bowls with not much of a flat bottom surface.

What does one serve in this? The bowls are close together so hands cannot reach in, it would require some dainty tongs or spoons to retrieve. Also, since they are bowls, they wouldn't hold tea sandwiches, petit-fours, and the like.

And even though they are bowls, there is a hole in the bottom for the spindle to thread them together, so there would be nothing liquid/drippy/saucy/etc. going in them.

I was thinking candies or nuts in the shell to crack.

But it just seems like there must have been some intended use for such an elaborate presentation.

Ideas?

Link: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/federal-glass-petal-tier-tidbit-135872014


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