Augustus Chase established the Waterbury Manufacturing Company in 1876. Around 1900 it was renamed Chase Metal Works and was a major U.S. government supplier during World War I. An aggressive marketing campaign introduced Chase to the home consumer market in 1928. The "Centaur" mark was created (a centaur holds a bow in the midst of a hunt or chase). These were the years of Art Deco style and Chase became one of the largest producers of high quality deco-style products for the home. During World War II they once again converted to wartime production needs. After the war ended, Chase chose not to resume making consumer products and their most famous works ceased.
This fabulous pair of "Taurex" candlesticks, No 24004, were designed by Walter Von Nessen in 1933 and were discontinued in 1937. The two-light U-shaped plumber pipe style is mounted on a round, weighted base. The circular base is incised with a circular pattern. Each candle socket is removable and is stamped with the "Centaur" mark on the underside. The candlesticks measure 9 3/4" in height, 8 1/2" in width and the base is 4" in diameter. I do not feel this pair was originally purchased at the same time. The sockets on one set are stamped with the Centaur and "Chase"; the other set are stamped with the Centaur(not as sharp) and "Chase U.S.A." and these also have a hole in the base of each socket. The pair is in excellent vintage condition, with no dents, splits or repairs. Some minor scratches on candle sockets from use. If you collect Chase deco chrome, these are a must have.
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