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Object ID 001376

Object Name McAvoy's Malt Marrow serving tray

Object Desc Round, metal serving tray. Has boy and dog at center with text around interior of edges.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001872

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 7

Object Date

Start Year Range 1910s

End Year Range 1920s

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords McAvoy Brewing Company,malt extract,beer,breweries,trays,promotional items,McAvoy's Malt Marrow,advertising,beverages,

Title McAvoy's Malt Marrow serving tray

Description Round, metal serving tray. Gold edge with green interior. Text at top reads "McAvoy's" at bottom, "'Beats 'Em All.'". Inside is a faded image of a boy with one shoe next to a dog. The boy seems to be holding a pipe. He is missing a shoe. In his left hand is a bottom of Malt Morrow. Next to the bottom at right is faded text that should read "'Not' Made in Germany". At bottom center is text, "Tel. All Depts. Calument 1064" Back of tray is painted black, but possibly repainted


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 12

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker McAvoy Brewing Company

Maker Details See Notes.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1872



Date JAN 31,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, the tray is in very poor condition, but stable. The front image is faded at center. There are deep scratches some with rust. Loss of front graphic at lower edge by boy's foot. Edges are worn with loss of paint. Dent in interior edge at bottom by "Beats". Back side is worn. Some sections are glossy and others are matte. Around edges it looks like the back was painted black at a later time. Rust around bottom. Scratches on bottom side with rust. Some corrosion at lower 1/2 below center. Dent at lower edge at right. Loss of paint around edges.


Date JAN 31,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 12 from Room 7, Shelf 15 - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 27,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 7 from Room 7, Shelf 12 - automatic entry by admin



Date JAN 31,2014

Notes The McAvoy Brewing Company ran from about 1887 to 1920, and it was one of the larger breweries in Chicago. In 1865, John H. McAvoy and Henry V. Bemis founded McAvoy & Bemis Brewing in Chicago, IL. Bemis retired in 1884, and the brewery became the McAvoy Brewing Company. In 1889, Chicago Breweries, LTD purchased the brewery, but they continued to brew under their name. Two named products were Malt Morrow and a beer, Alma Mater. The notation of "Not" made in Germany, assumes that this was produced during World War I.