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Found this cute tray today it measures 15 1/4" wide 7 3/4" high. The wood is very solid and sturdy.

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 cool find, looks hand carved, "kinda" primitive

It's beautiful

It looks like a desk drawer insert. It is unusual, do you have any markings anywhere?

Also - if you could find a place with bright lighting, it would really help to see details in your photos. 

There are no significant markings, here are some close ups of the middle.


Ok, I see in your third pic above that there are several layers of thin wood put together - that indicates a less expensive process, and I'm strongly leaning toward an Asian cabinet or chest of some kind. Both the wood and the design might suggest the Asian influence.

Unfortunately, we may never know which piece it came from, as an insert. If you goggle around using images, try tea chest, ink/writing chest and other types of Asian chests "with inserts". You might find something similar or identical. Good luck!


The wood is split bamboo. It has been stained dark brown, possibly from the oil, grease, etc from the meat which is held in the concurved part of your cutting board. They say the meat is tastier when cut in its' juice.  The size indicates a restaurant tray, possibly for "at your table dining".

You might look closely for knife cuts inside the troughs to verify this possibile use. I'd guess it came from a Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, or some other Asian restaurant. The inscribed design is Romanesque which is common throughout the World.

You are amazing, thanks Tom!

Thanks for the kudos.  Let me add that wooden cutting boards are hard to clean and are breeding grounds for many diseases.

Earlier I said to look inside the troughs for cut marks...no need as they can be seen in your picture #10268.


Thanks for that advice I think I'm going to use it to hold items on my desk.


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