Butler Tray Hinges with square ends are used on tables or trays with folding leaves. These hinges support rounded table-leaf in upright 90 degree position. Snap open to hold table leaf flat in 180 degree position.
Recently butler tray hinges have been used for keyboard trays on computer desks. Hinge allows drawer front to open flat for keyboard, when in use, and fold upright when not in use.
Butler-style coffee tables have four small half-round leaves, one on each side of table top. Each leaf requires two hinges/ one pair. A total of 4 pairs of hinges is necessary to redo an entire table. See picture below.
Butler Tray Hinges are well made from thick brass extrusions. Ends are square. Hinge pin and spring locking mechanism are steel. The polished finish is bright and shiny. These butler tray hinges are made for years of service.
After breaking a hinge set on my butler table I began a search for replacement hinges. I found nothing close at either hardware stores or even antique dealers. The hinges I got from Paxton hardware are a perfect match and even more well made than the ones I replaced. I will definitely purchase from them again.