This is a small round tray with a wood frame encasing an embrodiered piece of damask under glass. The frame was painted gold. The fabric is mounted on a hard surface and backed with green felt. The fabric edges are uneven suggesting that the fabric was hand cut from a larger piece.
This appears to be the tray referred to in a letter to Marjorie Lyon from Aunt Emma [wife of Augustus Van Wickle's brother, George] dated May 18, 1915. The letter notes:"The piece of damask is from the wedding dress of the great grandmother Randolph who married a Stout; that is, of grandmother Van Wickle's mother, and you probably have the date of her wedding the Randolph genealogy. I cannot learn how old the black walnut is that forms the frame of the tray. I found the piece evidently all that was saved of the desk after grandmother Van Wickle's death and Uncle George said it came from the desk that he never remembered it except as an old piece of furniture. our grandfather Van Wickle had a fancy for selecting wood and having it made up by a cabinet maker; it must have been old by comparison when they were married, somewhere about 1850."
Marjorie Randolph Van Wickle Lyon
|Dimensions||H-0.5 Dia-7.75 inches|