9885 A Mahogany 6-Bottle Wine Tray or Carrier
Wine trays or carriers were used to take bottles from the cellar to the dining room. The earliest were made in the 1770s and the latest around the middle of the 19th century. The purpose of them was to keep the bottles in a near-horizontal position to prevent disturbing sediment - very necessary in the days before refined vinification methods.
This tray is early 19th century - say about 1820. Bottle trays are seldom seen, indeed they could justifiably be called rare. This one has had minor restoration to one of the notches where the bottle necks rest.
Bottle trays should not be confused with cutlery trays, which they resemble, and which are frquently seen, but do not have notches to hold the bottles.
Dimensions: 16"x13"x4.25", 41x33x11 cm
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