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 wonderful piece, circa 1940, consists of three separate stacked containers with lid. The bottom two portions are plain in design, while the top container has a repousse leaf garland surrounding the entire item. The lid is decorated with three detailed applied leaves and butterscotch bakelite apple finial. It could be used for trinkets, jewelry, candy or whatever. The piece measures 6" in height and 4 5/8" across. Each of the containers is stamped with the Centaur mark and "Chase USA"; the lid is not stamped. It in excellent vintage condition with some metal wear on the bottoms of the containers and a very tiny indentation on the lid. If you collect chase, chrome or deco items, you will love it.