At first I thought it was just a wooden tray with a brass inset, but upon further evaluation, I discovered it was a checker board or maybe a chess board. I picked it up for its $5 price tag.
The back of the tray was marked made by Gabbanini, Florence, Italy. The collector/ebayer in me of course googled Gabbanini trays to see if I had stumbled across something valuable. I was not able to find another like it, however, I did find photos of beautiful Florentine trays searching the internet.
The checker/chess board (solid brass not lacquered) tray bottom shined up nicely but as solid brass does, tarnishes pretty quickly too.
There were no checkers with the tray, so I looked on the internet hoping to purchase metal ones to enhance the look of the tray, only to find that metal ones cost close to $200. Instead I purchased unfinished wood checkers, and stained half of them walnut and painted the other half antique gold.
We are not big checker players, but I'm happy to say the tray is quite decorative. I have it on my coffee table now but may even hang it on the wall.
Take a look, and tell me if you know any details about this tray!