American Painted Tin Coffin Lid Tray, c. 1850

A wonderful American painted tinware sheet tray from Connecticut, New York, or possibly Maine, c. 1830-1860.

In original condition, the tray retains a nice surface and was probably used as a card tray.

Eight-sided (also known as a coffin lid) with an upright gallery rim and nicely decorated with cross-hatching and a
cherry, there is very little paint loss.

A similar shaped tray can be found in
The Art of the Tinsmith by DeVoe, page 172. Another example is can be found in
The History & Folklore of American Country Tinware 1700-1900 by Coffin, page 113.

The tray measures a bit more than 6" x 9".


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