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[REF] Tray Set Details --- Finally!

Tue May 01, 2007 18:13

Well, whilst walking around the Ciney Expo this weekend, I noticed that one of the traders was using something very interesting to store and display his items -- an original (although post-war) tray set, with original brackets for the upright supports. After numerous failed attempts to get him to sell it to me, I had to settle on just photographs of the brackets (after he claimed that he needed them to display and pack away his things!) As can be seen in the pictures the guy had 3 of them, all complete with their inserts too:

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These are the first originals that I have ever seen, and know that some of the members on the forum were also looking for detailed images of the brackets on the tray set. Hope that help.

If you look on the extreme right of the first image, you can see the post-war markings on the front of the tray set (note the Caduceus flanked with US - using a squared font as opposed to the early round font).

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Sat May 05, 2007 22:41

outstanding research - now if I can actually build it!

thanks for keeping an eye out for us all!
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Mon Aug 20, 2007 04:43

Ben;

Can you re-post the pictures - or e-mail them to TenthA86@qwest.net

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Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:57

Dave,

I have re-uploaded the images for everyone, and they should now appear in the original post. If they don't let me know and I will look into.

Thanks, and I would be interested to see what people can make out of the images and details.

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Sun Aug 26, 2007 17:57

Thanks - some day we'll see how they all fit together. I would think there must be something to keep the layers locked together.
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Sun Aug 26, 2007 23:20

Dave,

As far as I remember there wasn't actually anything to secure the layers together. All that held the tray set together were the short pieces of steel rod, which interlocked into the tray above - if that makes sense?

Hope that helps,
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Wed Aug 29, 2007 03:27

I've tried to reverse-engineer this system, and they stack fine BUT if you bump an upper tray, you can knock the whole stack down. If you see these again, look on the under-side of the tray to see if there is somethinmg to hold it ot the support below.

Just guessing, but there should be something... It may be the pin at the top of the loop - fits into a hole in the upper tray, or something.
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Wed Aug 29, 2007 09:44

TenthA86 wrote:Just guessing, but there should be something... It may be the pin at the top of the loop - fits into a hole in the upper tray, or something.


That's exactly how they work. Sorry for the confusion. When I mentioned that there wasn't a locking system on the trays, I meant that there was no way of securing the peg once it was in the upper tray.

I hope that helps to clear things up.

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Wed Aug 29, 2007 19:53

Thanks for the clarification - that makes sense (and I hope it works)

If I get it all worked out, I'll publish the plans here.

If anyone wants them, I have screens to screen-print the tray # on the side & the chest info on the lid - free (if they'll return them)
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