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iconnumber posted 08-09-2005 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jstrust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the correct name for this set: a large silverplate handled tray that has a hollow bottom and cutouts where you insert covered vegetable bowls. In the center there is a shaker, a round covered bowl and a small compote? All parts are silverplate (with Ellis-Barker menorah). We always call them "supper servers" and assumed they were for serving a light meal all on one tray. I am typing an inventory for items that belong to a client and I'm sure there must be a more official term for this set. Thanks for any help - Joan

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iconnumber posted 08-09-2005 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad Hale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joan, I think what you are referring to is called a "Lazy Susan", these used to be called Supper Sets. You would put hot water in the bottom of it and it would keep the vegetable receptacles warm. The ones I have seen over the years were fairly large and I believe there was a tureen in the middle. I looked in one of my Ellis-Barker catalogs and it was not pictured, I also believe I have heard the term butler's assistant for this item.


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iconnumber posted 08-10-2005 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jstrust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Tad, it must have been quite an undertaking to get this to the diner once it was full of hot water and food. I can barely lift it empty. It is an inscribed presentation piece (1950) and has never been used, I can imagine why !! Thanks again - Joan

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iconnumber posted 08-10-2005 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

They are similar to chaffing dishes. You don't carry them full. You set them on a side board, add the hot water with a kettle or pitcher, and then add the cooked vegetable dishes. Still not very efficient I agree, but not impossible to lift either.


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iconnumber posted 08-10-2005 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You don't actually do all of that yourself - that is what your servants are for! wink

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iconnumber posted 08-10-2005 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jstrust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Tom and Kimo, that makes sense to me, it would be really heavy with water in it - fill it at the table and have a strong servant carry it back to the kitchen after the meal.


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