Superb English Silver Plated Lazy Susan Serving Tray

Superb English Silver Plated Lazy Susan Serving Tray

Superb English Silver Plated Lazy Susan Serving Tray

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About this item

This is a superb new English made silver plated "Lazy Susan" - which is a rotating serving tray - accomplished in the Victorian style.

This versatile piece features four lidded entree dishes, a pair of salts and a pair of pepper shakers, as well as a lidded tureen in the centre.

The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this piece and this exceptional ensemble is sure to add an unparalleled touch of class to any fine dining experience.

This item is English made and is silver on copper.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 36 x Width 66 x Depth 60 & Weight 18 kg

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 2 inches x Width 2 feet, 2 inches x Depth 2 feet & Weight 39.7 lbs

Lazy Susan (or Lazy Suzy) is a turntable rotating tray placed on a table or countertop to aid in moving food. They are usually circular and placed in the center of a circular table to share dishes easily among the diners.

It is likely that the explanation of the term Lazy Susan, and who Susan was, has been lost to history. Folk etymologies claim it as an American invention and trace its name to a product - Ovington's $8.50 mahogany "Revolving Server or Lazy Susan - advertised in a 1917 Vanity Fair, but its use well predates both the advertisement and (probably) the country.

Part of the mystery arises from the variety of devices that were grouped under the term dumb waiter (today written "dumbwaiter"). An early 18th-century British article in The Gentleman's Magazine describes how silent machines had replaced over-garrulous servants at some tables and, by the 1750s, Christopher Smart was praising the "foreign" but discreet devices in verse. It is, however, almost certain that the devices under discussion were wheeled serving trays similar to those introduced by Thomas Jefferson to the United States from France, where they were known as étagères.

 At some point during or before the 3rd quarter of the 18th century, the name dumb waiter also began to be applied to rotating trays.  Finally, by the 1840s, Americans were applying the term to small elevators carrying food between floors as well. The success of George W. Cannon's 1887 mechanical dumbwaiter then popularized this usage, replacing the previous meanings of "dumbwaiter."


W66.0 x H36.0 x D60.0 cm



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