Sunday, July 29, 2007
I found this tray at a tag sale 6 years ago, but you can find plenty of similar ones on ebay these days. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The drawings are whimsical, and the brass & wood inlays really give them even more character. The label says: "Couroc of Monterey California Phenolic Bakelite"
Here's some info i found out about them on the web: The Couroc company began in 1948 in Monterrey California. Couroc's hard plastic (phenolic) products included serving trays and bowls. A sticker attached to the back of their products declared "Unique Couroc Products are cherished gifts because of their great variety and beauty in design. Hand inlaid by master craftsmen, shells, coins, woods and metals are fused into Couroc's famous satin black material which is impervious to alcohol, boiling water, and cigarette burns."
Here is a link to a similar tray with brass & coral inlay. (yes, my birthday IS coming up....)