Exceptionally rare and highly sought after, 1905 Coca-Cola Tin Lithographed Topless Advertising Serving Tray featuring a stunningly beautiful young woman nude to the waist and holding a very early bottle of Coca-Cola. This wonderful Tin Litho Serving Tray measures 12 1/8 in diameter and was issued by the Western Coca-Cola Bottling Co. This fantastic, Tin Litho Topless Tray features a seated portrait of a beautiful young woman with long, flowing auburn hair. She is naked to the waist and the lower half of her body is wrapped in a gauzy white fabric.
Text around the central image reads Wherever Ginger Ale, Seltzer or Soda is Good / Coca-Cola is Better - Try It. The Tray features an elaborate floral and flourish rim with three blue areas containing text. Text in these blue areas reads "Drink Coca-Cola High Balls"; "Drink Coca-Cola Gin Rickies" and "Drink Coca-Cola".
This original Coca-Cola Advertising Tray is not a reproduction, reissue or restrike but is an original 1905 Serving Tray manufactured for the Western Coca-Cola Company and distributed in 1905. It is unconditionally guaranteed to be original and of the period!! This stunningly beautiful Coke Tray displays in very good to excellent condition - the lithography is bright and crisp and the colors rich and warm. There is some very light surface crazing and scattered tiny blemishes but overall the Tray is very well preserved and displays beautifully.The Tray does have an area of exceptionally high quality, professional restoration on the rim that extends from the letter "z" in "Seltzer" to the letter "a" in "Soda". While there has been absolutely no repair or restoration to the image of the beautiful young woman, this spot of restoration includes the inner and outer border and extends to the edge of the rim. The restoration was done by the world renown master restorer of Tin Lithograph Advertising Signs Don Lurito - the restoration took almost 2 years but the work is masterful and accomplished using archival and fully reversible materials and techniques. There are some blemishes at the edges of the Tray and to the background behind the portrait of the woman as well as a bit of surface wear to the blue at the very bottom edge but overall the Tray is very well preserved and displays beautifully!!
The back side of the Tray does have surface wear. Please see the numerous scans below - including the final close-up of the restored area - for a good indication of the beauty and the condition of this wonderful Coca-Cola "Topless" Advertising Tray! We are proud to offer this exceptionally rare and highly sought after, 1905 Coca-Cola Tin Lithographed Topless Advertising Serving Tray, as always, without reserve and with the confidence that it will attract the serious attention that it justly deserves!! The item "ORIGINAL 1905 COCA-COLA TOPLESS WOMAN TIN LITHOGRAPH SERVING TRAY COKE TRAY" is in sale since Friday, November 18, 2016.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Advertising\Soda\Coca-Cola\Trays". The seller is "walnutts" and is located in Brewster, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.