When this charming tray was in use in London in 1879, it would have been carried by a servant to greet visitors at the front door. The visitor would place his card upon the tray. If the gentleman or lady of the house was home, the servant would carry the card to them so that they could meet their guest at the door, if they were away, the card would be waiting for them when they got back. This particular calling card tray was made in sterling silver in the Aesthetic taste by London maker, Elkington & Co.
25.5cm in diameter