Vintage Heintz Bronze & Sterling Silver Card Plate
The Arts and Crafts Movement flourished from 1860 to the 1910's as a quest for authentic design and traditional craftsmanship.
Reacting to the styles that had developed out of machine-production, artists like Otto Heintz would develop one of the most excellent examples of the movement's aesthetic.
Otto Heintz was born into a family of manufacturing jewelers established in 1875, in Buffalo , NY
By about 1902, he had purchased a small company, renamed it the Art Crafts Shop, and began design and manufacture of copper items with colored enamel decoration.
He was granted three patents.
By 1906, he changed the name to Heintz Art Metal Shop, and shifted to bronze as the base material and sterling silver as ornamentation.
This dish design is a beautiful floral and leafy overlay than remains in excellent condition aside from a few spots of patina. The leaf toward the lower-left side of the dish exhibits a tiny stamp that reads "Sterling".
There are several marks on the underside of the plate. The first mark in the center of the dish is perfectly correct and features the diamond shaped Heintz hallmark as well as "Sterling on Bronze" and "Pat.Aug.27,12".
The production number, "563", can be seen on the edge of the underside adjacent to the company's quatrefoil stamp.
Heintz production numbers between 400 and 600 always correspond to ash trays, card plates or trays.
When asked "how do you clean the silver" we say "YOU DON'T!" All Heintz pieces were lacquered with the highest-quality lacquer obtainable at the time. So to keep your dish clean, we recommend gently wiping with a soft cloth.
The patina is a very valuable aspect of Heintz pieces and makes them so extraordinary and beautiful.
Heintz pieces were produced for a relatively short time but succeeded in embodying the very soul of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
We know you will agree.
Measurements: 6" in diameter, rises approx. 5/8" from surface Weight: 193.4 grams (6.82 oz)
Item ID: 5779
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