Antique metal tray souvenir from Cleveland's Soldiers and Sailors Monument, made in Japan by order of A.C. Bosseman & Co., a souvenir supplier, postcard publisher, and importer that operated out of Manhattan, NYC, NY between 1905-1914. About 4-4.25" long by about 3" wide.
As can be seen in the pictures, there is significant tarnish and discoloring of the metal and what appears to be scuffs, though the latter can only be seen and are not felt when rubbed. However the pictures also show that this has had little if any affect on the intricate design of the monument, the beautiful and ornate floral "framing," or the words on either the front (Soldiers and Saitlors Monument, Cleveland, O.) or the back (Made in Japan - A.C. Bosselman & Co. - New York).
If I were not so ignorant in this area and afraid of damaging this unique piece of history, I would attempt restoration myself...but I am told this item could easily be restored to its original beauty by those who know what they're doing...or treasured for its character as is. Regarding the metal...again, I am ignorant in this area but research and those who seem to know what they are talking about suggest it is probably copper or some sort of copper alloy, perhaps with some sort of silver or silver-colored overlay. At least one person mentioned Japanese irogane (various type of copper alloys or copper with natural impurities). Note that there is also a small cut mark on the bottom right (when looking at the front).
$30 - or make an offer =) (see seller's other listings if interested in making an offer based on multiple selections)
Item located in 40258 (PRP)
Seller is open to shipping for appropriate additional shipping/handlingfee, with payment through PayPal.