The Wendell August Forge Company, Grove City, Pennsylvania, was organized in 1923 as an iron forge which starting in the early 1930's refocused on aluminum gift-wares. The company still exists under the ownership of the Knecht family.
The La Mirada Pottery, Los Angeles, California, was in existence from 1935-1939 and produced items in conjunction with Wendell August Forge.
This relatively scarce Wendell August Forge six-piece Buffet Service, consisting of two square La Mirada pottery bowls with under-tray, lids, and serving utensil of hand-hammered aluminum. The under-tray and lids are decorated with the apple blossom repousse motif. The tray measures 16 7/8" in length by 9 3/8" in width, has two recessed wells for the bowls and decorative crimped corners. The two individual bowls are a blue-green glaze exterior with cream interior and measure 5 7/8" square at the top, 3 7/8" square at the base and 3 5/8" in height without the lid. The lids are 6 1/8" square and 2 1/2' in height including the cube finials. The serving spoon measures 7 3/4" in length. The tray is stamped with the trademark "Wendell August Forge - Art Iron" and style number "545". One of the pottery bowls is marked "La Mirada" and pattern number "24", both are heavily glazed over. The lids and serving spoon are not marked. There originally was probably another spoon or fork with the set. The set is in excellent vintage condition with no damages to metalwork or pottery. Two great companies represented in one beautiful piece.