Different shapes and sizes?
Posted by Carolyn B on January 18, 1998 at 21:52:33:
In response to Recieving Bowls, written by Patricia Zamani on January 14, 1998 at 19:04:14
] These recieving bowls were usually silver and called salvers. They were often not a bowl but a flat silver dish.
I stopped by the Life & Times to post a question and started to read this thread so I thought I'd pop in somewhat late.....
Salvers are trays, I think, and not necessarily just for receiving cards. And the object to receive cards (at least by Victorian times) could also be more bowl-shaped. The Victorian house museum where I used to work had a card receiver shaped like a fancy silver clamshell on wheels (so more bowl-like) and had a small bud vase attached to it.
Kenneth Ames "Death in the Dining Room & Other tales of Victorian Culture" (1992) has a number of illustrations of card receivers in all shapes and sizes (bowls on stands or flat trays, round or square, decorated with flowers, cupids, classical figures, etc.) .
Of course Regency era card receivers may not have gone to this Victorian excess.
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