This piece is easily the best fishtail tray I’ve ever seen. Cut in Hawkes’ Olympia pattern, the exact piece is shown in the ACGA catalog reprint on page 105. It is signed with the Hawkes trademark in the center of the piece.
The Olympia pattern starts with a complex cluster of hobstars and crosshatching seperated by deeper miters at various angles. The center cutting is flanked on all four sides in diamond formation by cane cutting. The perimeter of the pattern is made up of what looks like plumes of feathers/vesicas. Note in the third photo that the blank of the tray actually crimps with the vesicas. Grouped together are “feathers” of cane or chains of hobstars. The ends of the tray come to a point and have handles cut into the blank.
The blank, like you would expect on a piece of this quality, is gorgeous-clear and radiant. The tray measures 16 1/2″ long, 9 1/2″ wide and 3 1/4″ high. Fishtail trays are always popular and usually cut well, but this one blows them all out of the water (pun intended). This is a rare opportunity to own one of the bests.
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