This is a gorgeous Heintz cigarette box with the rare and beautiful "Verde Patina".
Unlike the sienna-brown finish more commonly seen among Heintz collectible, the Verde Patina features an even finish of bright green "speckles" on a rich, olive-green background.
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.
The box is rendered in substantial bronze and features a intricately detailed sterling silver floral overlay on the lid.
With only light oxidization, the sterling silver looks to be in very good condition. (NEVER polish a piece of Heintz. The natural patina adds greatly to the value.)
The interior of the box is lined on the bottom and sides with 1/8"-thick cedar wood. This helped to preserve the flavor of the tobacco inside.
The wood is a bit dry and shows one or two spots but is in good condition.
You will find the Heintz hallmark stamped onto the underside of the cigarette box. It features the diamond shaped Heintz logo as well as "Sterling on Bronze" and "Pat.Aug.27,12".
There are two strips of slightly-worn burgundy-colored felt on each side of the bottom of the box.
These are meant to prevent any undue scratching to the box or underlying surfaces.
The original Verde Patina shows expected wear and wonderful oxidization. There are minor spots and expected surface wear for its age. The piece remains in good vintage condition overall.
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. (NO chemicals. :-))
Heintz pieces were produced for a relatively short time but succeeded in embodying the very soul of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
This will be a addition to any Heintz collection.
Measurements: 4 ¼" long, 3 ½" wide, 1 1/8" tall Weight: 12 oz.
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