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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of Nashville Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have a brass tray table top, 24inch diameter, with a

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I have a brass tray table top, 24inch diameter, with a wooden cross stand. there is also a hook to hang the tray. It has a lot of intricate flowery filigree work etched on the front and has 'SARNA BRASS' and a number on the back (etched in dots). any ideas on what this may be or its value? My late husband and his first wife received it as a gift over 30years ago but was told at the time it was much older.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

"“Sarna Brass” is a trademark owned by S.S. Sarna Inc. of Manhasset, N.Y. The business was started by Sajan Singh Sarna in 1920. Sarna was born in Rawalpindi in British India (now part of Pakistan). He came to the western United States to go to college and study dairy manufacturing. He found that people were interested in buying handcrafts from India, so he started an import business in about 1920. Brass, textiles and other items were among the products he sold. In 1933, with the Depression in full swing, he moved to New York and began selling goods imported from Japan. In 1938, after having a dream about a bell, he went to Indonesia to buy bells, which he sold to department stores in the United States. The bells, each with a “story” tag attached, were popular during the 1960s. His company became known as the Bells of Sarna. Sajan Singh Sarna died in the 1970s. The company is now called S.S. Sarna Inc. and sells a variety of gift items."

Source: Kovels

Your brass tray on crossed wood legs is a coffee table imported from India.

My research indicates that its current vintage store value is $450-550 assuming good condition.

I used to have one. I wish now that I never let it go.

A private seller to a dealer can expect 30-60% of retail value.

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