Highchair Tray

Description
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".
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tray, highchair
date made
1935
maker
Gorham Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
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
1993.0161.01
catalog number
1993.0161.01
accession number
1993.0161
subject
Children
Christmas
Easter
Santa Claus
Fairy Tales
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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