St Dunstans was a large British charity providing care and rehabilitation to servicemen blinded during WW1. St Dunstans was founded in 1915 by Arthur Pearson, who had himself lost his sight due to glaucoma.
Because of the increasing numbers of British soldiers returning from the front lines during the First World War suffering from blindness (especially from mustard gas attacks), Pearson established a hostel for these soldiers as well as blinded sailors and airmen. His intention was that, with training and assistance, they could go on to lead productive lives and would not have to depend on charity. St Dunstans, now Blind Veterans UK continues to this day.
This tray, dating to around the 1920s would have been used within the original hostel. It is of solid oak with raised edges with a carved scalloped design. It is fitted with two polished brass handles each bearing flaming torch crests and reading St Dunstans. The tray measures 33cm (13 inches) by 46cm (18 inches) excluding handles. It weighs 1.16 Kg.
The tray is structurally sound with general wear associated with age and use, i. E some knocks to the corners and light surface wear.The crests on the handles have some wear from use, making the St in St Dunstans a little difficult to read. The item "St Dunstans Crested Brass Handled Oak Serving Tray c1920s" is in sale since Saturday, November 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectables\Kitchenalia\Serving Trays". The seller is "theantiquesstorehouse" and is located in Portsmouth, Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.