From the late 1950s comes this delightful trinket tray from the Benedict Proctor Manufacturing Company, also known as Flemish Copper B.P. Company. The tray itself is made of copper, but the dog that stands on the back ledge of the tray is composed of white metal. The clean simple lines of the tray and the stylized structure of the dog give the piece a very Art Nouveau feel.
Flemish Copper is a style name for the non-silver-plated wares of Benedict Proctor Manufacturing Company of Trenton, Ontario, Canada. The company began in Toronto in 1913 and relocated to Trenton in 1917. The factory closed in 1982 and was demolished to make way for a park on the Trent River.
This dog trinket tray is in great vintage condition. The copper has a nice patina, indicative of age, with a small rust spot in the center of tray. The white metal dog is free of any marks or damage. The ledge on the backside of the tray bears the hallmark “Flemish Copper B.P. Co.”
This tray would make for a nice desk accessory to collect paperclips, rubber bands and other small items. Business cards could also be stacked atop the tray. Therefore, this vintage copper tray could be a fun gift for the desk of someone’s office or the shelf of a man cave. For collectors of Mid-Century metal products, this figurine would be a playful addition to one’s collection.