This is an signed Heintz Art Metal vase which is four inches tall and 3 and 1/4 inches in diameter at the outer edge of the rim. It was made between 1912 and 1932. The lovely vase is bronze with an extraordinary sterling silver overlay which resembles a flowering tree with leaves. There is a small stamp on the bottom of the vase with the Heintz company logo, the word"Sterling" and the patent date.
For those who are curious:
Otto Heintz was from a family of manufacturing jewelers that was established in 1875, in Buffalo , NY. In 1902, Mr. Heintz purchased a small company, and renamed it the Art Crafts Shop. He began to design and manufacture of copper items with colored enamel decoration. In 1906, Otto changed the name of the studio to Heintz Art Metal Shop, and changed to bronze as the base material and sterling silver as ornamentation. In 1912 he was granted three patents for the application of silver to bronze without solder. Heintz pieces were produced for a only a short time.
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