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Vintage Unusual Letterpress Tray, Original paint, rusty red color, Lovely patina & markings, country primitive feel, shelf, server, C IDEAS

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Found in Southern Virginia Chesapeake area is this lovely unusual letterpress drawer or tray. It has what appears to be the original rust red paint or stain, thinner than regular paint. The letters O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z are stamped on the edges as well as the words "Period" and "Spacer." These are stamped in black. Probably made in the printing shop as it is not as fancy as the old Hamiltion type letterpress drawers but functional none the less. Its industrial history is written all over it with some scratches and dents.. The inside bottom has some very firm textured board. A few traces of white ink on the inside. There is some paper residue at one end on the outside from an old label of some type. No writing visible on label . (Listing is for tray only. I do have small & large letterpress for sale in my shop, including the 1 5/8" letters seen in the first photo.)
. Tray measures 18" long by 5 5/8" wide by 2 2/16" high on outside. Inside dimensions measure 16 7/8" long by 4 5/8" wide by 2" deep.
Would make a nice tray to store your craft supplies with style or hang it on a wall as a shelf. Would be fun to line at Thanksgiving and use it as a bread or silverware server. I personally love it with old letterpress in it. Would make a lovely gift for a primitive lover or lover of old patinaed wood. Add some baked goods in the gift or use if for sewing supplies or a catch all for keys, wallet by the door. Versatile size.
If you purchase any small letters with it, I will give a discount on the letters. The small ones can be seen in this listing, but I have larger ones as well as more on the way. Just asked if you don't see what you need! Here is the small letterpress wood type listing:


It would look marvelous with your name or intials or any word spelled in it. Just remember that the letters you use would have to fit inside the 4 5/8" dimension. I also have a few larger letters that are 3 3/8 inches that would fit . They are a wonderful blonde patina with the graining showing. You can see them here in this MOVIES listing:


Shipping is for mainland U.S. Convo with your zip before checking out and I will check rate as it might be cheaper. Convo BEFORE checking out if you want insurance which would be $1.85 additional for tray only. If you are in a hurry to check out, know I will refund you some thru Paypal if I am able to..
Visit my shop for much SEA-inspired plus lots of "other" inspired also. (: I have vintage prints (some great seashell ones on sale now!), books, letterpress, original art of mine, sea themed jewelry, lots of vintage Christmas and Valentines, birds, botanicals, vintage bottles and bottle art, ETC.
I always do my best to give a shipping discount for multiple purchases if it these are items I can safely ship together. Convo for rate or go ahead and check out if you don't want to wait and I will refund thru Paypal if I am able to discount. I do this all the time!

Vintage Unusual Letterpress Tray, Original paint, rusty red color, Lovely patina & markings, country primitive feel, shelf, server, C IDEAS


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