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    Posted 11 months ago

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    This iron tray is 6.5" long x 4.5" wide x .75" high and weight 10 ounces. It is marked "JAPAN" on back with some writing in wax pencil. I once worked as an acetylene torch operator and it looks like writing from the long, rectangular wax pencils I used to write on metal. No idea what the numbers and letters stand for. There also appears to be the remains of adhesive which may be the remainder from a label. I think this piece is molded, but it may have been stamped. I am not sure. It may have been meant to be used as an ashtray but would work for many things. I may use it as a business/calling card tray. For years I have carried raised letter calling cards with my name, email and website address. I like the Victorian custom of using calling cards. No idea of the age of this pieces. The seller had a half dozen of these.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 11 months ago
      Great looking tray!!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thanks for your comment jscott0363! I think so too!

      Thanks for loving my fish tray fortapache, Thomas, jscott0363, aura, Jenni, RichmondLori, Kevin and dav2no1!
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 11 months ago
      I’ve always admired those Victorian calling cards. What a genteel custom. It’s admirable that you are carrying it on.
      I love the detail of your cast iron fish!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Watchsearcher. I probably read too much Victorian era literature! I had business cards from my various employers but never felt that sharing those outside of business settings was appropriate, and sharing business cards is very common in the industries I worked in, though I developed some friendships as a result of those interactions. So, getting some personal calling cards was not much of a leap for me! They have been well received and have definitely come in handy, especially since I will celebrating three years of retirement on 1 February. I probably have boxes of business cards in storage.

      Thanks for loving my fish tray Watchsearcher, Manikin and wickencrafts!
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 11 months ago
      The link regarding visiting cards was enjoyable to read; especially enlightening were the ‘rules’ regarding the reciever’s response to a card.
    6. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Glad you enjoyed the link Watchsearcher. The subtleties of calling card use would not be understood by very many people today!
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 11 months ago
      How very true.....>sigh<
    8. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thank you dlpetersen, Karen, Vynil33rpm, Hoot60 and PhilDMorris!
    9. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 10 months ago
      Love the fish. His scales are so prominent, and even his eyes and mouth are carefully “molded”. Now after reading Patricia’s comment on “calling cards”, I need to go read the link...bye!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Thanks for your comment and love, Eileen! It is a really well done piece. The detail of the scales is very sharp and crisply done. I am guessing it is an exceptionally well done casting for a very mundane purpose. I hope you enjoy the link...

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