This pentray, signed, Hawkes is quite the conversation piece. Hawkes made several smaller pieces like this (one supposedly made to commemorate the Wright Bros. flight at Kitty Hawk) and the amount of detail they could fit into such a small space is breathtaking.
The scene displayed on this piece is that of a sail boat surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and what looks to be a castle. If one takes a close look at the photos, it’s simple to see the amount of detail involved in this piece – every blade of grass is visible in the field and great depth perception is readily visible. The geometric border of this pattern is quite unusual. It’s more or less an advanced, fanned button version of cane cutting. The handles of the tray are finished in 3 punties and fans.
Smaller, well engraved pieces like this are flat-out rare! There’s obviously a story that goes along with each scene which hopefully, someone viewing this page would like to clue me into. The tray is on a beautiful blank and measures 7 3/8″ long, 3 1/2″ wide and 1 1/4″ tall. It’s in perfect condition with the exception of some extremely minor edge roughness.
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