The classic butler’s tray table is a classic piece of campaign furniture that has been in use since the 18th century. It was originally designed for use in wealthy households, where it was used by butlers to serve food and drinks to guests. The table consists of a removable tray that sits on top of a folding stand or base. This design allows the table to be easily disassembled and transported, making it ideal for use in a variety of settings. The butler’s tray table was popularized in the 19th century by British Army officers who used it on military campaigns and expeditions. It was also a favourite of explorers and adventurers such as Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott.
Material and fittings
The tables may be constructed out of Zambezi teak (Rhodesian teak) or African mahogany. The solid brass snap hinges are imported from the UK and are the finest quality, snapping open to 90 degrees when the tray sides are lifted up.
The size of the classic butler’s tray when folded out is 850 millimetres (thirty-four inches) by 645 millimetres (twenty-six inches). With sides folded, the tray is 620 millimetres (twenty-five inches) by 420 millimetres (seventeen inches).
Uses for the Classic Butler’s Tray
The African Touch classic butler’s tray table is used in hotels and lodges as a tea station in rooms or a coffee station in the lounge area. Smaller versions are also been used as bedside tables or nightstands – particularly useful in mobile camps where the equipment must be folded and stowed away for transport to the next camp. One of the key features of the butler’s tray table is its portability. The table can be easily moved from room to room, or even taken outside for use on a patio or in a garden. The tray can be used as a serving surface for food and drinks, or as a decorative display for books, flowers, and other items. The table can also be used as a side table or nightstand in a bedroom or living room.
|Dimensions||85 × 65 × 72 cm|
1. Zambezi Teak, 2. African Mahogany