One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Building. A small (usually square) board with a handle underneath for carrying plaster or mortar. Compare "hawk", "mortarboard". Now rare.
2A type of tray, especially a small wooden tea tray. Compare "tea-board". Now historical and rare.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Holme (1627–1700), herald painter. From hand + board.
hand board/ˈhand bɔːd/
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