The color photo shown above is a 3-tier tea cake caddy from the Queen Mary. It has 3 removeable silver trays used to serve tea cakes, cookies, or what the British call “crumpets” to passengers at tea time. One steward would serve tea or coffee on a tray while another offered crumpets to enhance the famous British tradition. The B/W photo shows a young girl choosing the delectable from the caddy held by a steward. Whether in the public rooms or in deck chairs outside, every passenger was served. These caddies are quite rare today which is curious in the fact that there must have been hundreds for use by stewards. This example is nearly perfect with only a few dings in the 3 trays which can be expected for a silver piece used daily for her majesty’s 31-year career.
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