why this product

These trays are crafted from American black walnut and act as a handy catch-all for your daily items, such as wallets, house keys and more. Keep the valet tray on your nightstand, in the closet or placed at the entryway of your home to track keys and mail.

Sourced from the mid-eastern to northern United States, the American black walnut is graded FAS 90/70 heart, the highest wood grade conferred by the National Hardwood Lumber Association. To finish the tray, a low-sheen lacquer is sprayed on. The lacquer preserves the natural look of the wood, while giving it a protective coating.

Named after the valet (rhymes with pallet), or head male servant, in 19th-century upper class households, the valet tray was a useful tool for the head servant to the master of the house. It held tools for shaving, hair combs, clothing brushes and other implements necessary to properly prepare a gentleman for his day. 

use & care

Because these trays are treated with a low-sheen varnish, they have the appearance of natural wood, and yet the strength and durability of a lacquer finish. The tray is extremely stable, and will not be susceptible to moisture, humidity, warping or cracking. Wipe with a damp rag to clean.

production & design

This three-person, Brooklyn-based company began in 2007 with simple, minimally designed men's wallets, using leathers from a Pennsylvania tannery in operation since the 1800s. Founder Nathan Gryszowka was inspired by a 1940s wallet spotted at a Brooklyn, antique shop. The vintage wallet was sleek and pared down. The initial line of wallets eventually segued into other accessories including coin pouches, money clips, key rings and bracelets. Nathan and his team also design valet trays made of sustainably harvested wood to keep all those items organized.

To create the trays, the team works closely with a group of woodworkers out of a woodshop in Michigan that has been in operation since 1930. Their expertise is in Victorian furniture and church decoration, but their talents lend themselves well to these simple, sturdy trays.

about the designer

Walnut Wood Valet Tray

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Solid black walnut wood valet tray with a low-sheen protective lacquer varnish. Made in the U.S. out of sustainably harvested, highest grade hardwoods. Dual compartments to better organize items. 

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    10 inches long x 7 inches wide x 0.8 inches thick
    (25.4 cm x 18 cm x 2 cm)

    American Black Walnut

    Made in

  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283572

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