The word salver means to bring food, drink or letters. Many silver salvers, waiters and card trays are decorated with family crests, monograms and engraved decorative patterning. Salver perimeters are detailed in various styles known as pie crust or gadrooned, examples of feet are shaped to represent hoofed or claw and ball feet. Salvers, waiters and card trays were made without handles but occasionally with feet, trays with handles as with today’s designs. The silver teapot stand would have been matched to a typical flat-bottomed teapot by association and style. The stand presented the teapot as well as keeping the hot base from touching the wooden table below, no scorching or water marks.
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