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Thai Chaozhou Gongfucha 7.5" Chrome Plated Aluminum Tea Tray

Thai Chaozhou Gongfucha 7.5" Chrome Plated Aluminum Tea Tray

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June 30th, 2021

These chrome-plated tea trays are made in Thailand specifically for the Thai Teochew community.  The patterns embossed into the trays are traditional Thai motifs, but these trays are designed like the pewter tea trays that were traditionally popular in Chaozhou City and the surrounding areas of Guangdong with Teochew populations. These pewter trays were also very popular in Hong Kong, but they are a rare sight here today. While I (finally) own a Teochew pewter tray, these make an excellent alternative. These trays are much cheaper than the pewter kind, significantly lighter in weight, don't tarnish, are easy to clean up with soap and water and the exteriors of the trays feature elaborate stamped patterns that would be extremely difficult to achieve by hand on pewter. The pattern on the top of the tray reminds me of classic Thai Benjarong painting.

There is a stamp from the manufacturer in Thai on the base of the tray, as well as three little feet, like a traditional pewter tray from Chaozhou would often have. The lids are easily removable so water and tea can be poured out, and the inside of the tray can be cleaned quickly and easy with soap and warm water.

The thick chrome plating on these trays isn't quite perfect, and there are some minor worn areas around the edges from handling before I purchased them. This is very hard to make out unless you look at the tray in the right light (and at the right angle).

The trays are quite light and malleable since they are made of aluminum. I don't recommend transporting these trays around without protection (ideally a box) to prevent dents in the metal. When not in use, the trays make great containers for bags of tea that you don't want to get crushed. The loaded tray could then be placed into a box for transport if desired. These trays will last a lifetime if they are used with care and aren't abused. My non-travel specific personal trays only travel to the sink and back! 

Please note the holes cut out in the top of the tray aren't quite perfectly shaped because of the plating (the plating on the top and bottom of the lid meets in the holes), but this gives them a handmade look. 

I personally picked these trays out in Bangkok several years ago. Only two for sale!


Diameter: 7 5/8" / 19.37 cm
Height: 2 5/8" / 6.67 cm
Weight:  4.9 oz / 140g

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