Highchair Tray

Semicircular flat tray with double-reeded, raised rim overturned along back for hanging. Obverse is decorated with an etched and chased border divided into panels containing scenes or vignettes of nursery rhymes with a running band of titles beneath (clockwise from left: "THE PIPER'S SON * LITTLE BO PEEP * THE THREE BEARS * FAIRY STORIES * THREE LITTLE PIGS * RED RIDING HOOD * MARY \ HAD A / LITTLE LAMB * MOTHER HUBBARD * PUSS IN BOOTS * HUMPTY DUMPTY * JACK \ AND / JILL"); triangular panel at top center depicts three Easter Bunnies with eggs; arched panel at bottom center shows Santa Claus on his sleigh; and bottom corner panels have boys and girls reading "ABC" and "FAIRY / STORY" books near a Christmas tree and holly sprigs. Plain bottom. Underside of back edge is struck incuse "GORHAM" in serif letters to left of trademark (right-facing lion passant in clipped-corner square, anchor in shield, and gothic or Old English "G" in clipped-corner square), "STERLING" in sans serif letters, and "1558".
Currently not on view
Object Name
tray, highchair
date made
Gorham Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
average spatial: 24.5 cm x 38 cm; x 9 5/8 in x 14 15/16 in
overall: 1/2 in x 15 in x 10 1/8 in; 1.27 cm x 38.1 cm x 25.7175 cm
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
place owned; place used
United States: Maryland, Upper Marlboro
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Santa Claus
Fairy Tales
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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