Avis Yuni Antiques & Collectibles

Manufacturer: Japan Souvenir Trays
Nifty vintage collectible souvenir piece out of a home. This is a small metal tray for a demolished, long gone resort hotel formerly in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The tray has a raised design in the metal depicting the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, with the name and Atlantic City, N.J. appearing above the buildings on the front side. On the backside in raised letters is marked "Made in Japan".

From some internet research, this historic hotel resort was built between 1902 and 1906, and it was demolished in 1978-1979. Given the Japan marking, we believe this is a mid-century souvenir, likely from the 1950's/1960's. The hotel address was formerly 1900 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, between Ohio Avenue and Park Place on the Boardwalk.

A magnet does not stick to this old piece, so the metal used here could be aluminum or something else (it does not appear to be tin, silver plate or sterling). Measures 6 inches long x 2 1/2 inches height. The metal curves upward at all edges so this sits about 1/2 inch in height. The tray weighs almost 3 ounces unpacked.

The design shows the large, ornate, double connected building with a fence in the foreground. There is an intricate design along the topside outer edges that looks to us to be perhaps 2 reptiles curled/extended as the border, overlapping and having claws, so we are not sure exactly what type of reptile these are meant to be (snakes, low dragon types, etc.). Definitely an oriental or Asian-type border design.

We've provided 8 images to show various features. Please note that the camera light creates white "hot spot" reflections on the metal. Please use the zoom feature to examine closely.

Very nice vintage condition but not mint looking. There are no chips, cracks, crazing, dents, pieces missing. As you can see in the images, the metal does not look shiny and new, as to be expected given the age. There is tarnishing, darkened line areas, discoloration areas, spotting, general wear from age on topside and bottom, but this all adds to the believability of age and the great older look. We have not attempted to clean or shine this up, perhaps some of this could be removed or lessened, but are selling as is/as found.

A fun addition to any collection related to Atlantic City, New Jersey souvenirs or one related to hotels or major buildings that are no longer standing.

Vintage Metal Tray Marlborough-blenheim Hotel Atlantic City, Nj Japan

  • Your price: $9.99
  • Item Number: 2018
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