SilverCrest was the trademark used by the Smith Metal Arts Company that was formed in 1919 by Frederick C Smith, who had been the head salesman for the Heintz Metal Arts Shop founded by Otto Heintz in 1906. After the sudden death of Mr Heintz in 1918, Smith and some other Heintz craftsmen split away and formed this new company. Heintz Metal Art Shop continued until is succumbed to the depression in 1930.
This Art Deco from bronze cigarette box, circa 1920's, is a plain, yet manly design consisting of four smooth bronze bars at either end of the lid with the remainder of the box covered with a rich brown patination resembling the look of leather. The bronze box contains a wood liner divided into two sections for cigarettes and matches.The cigarette box measures 6 5/8" in length, 3 5/8" in width and 4 1/4" in height. The piece is stamped with the 'Silver Crest Genuine Bronze' Hallmark with the Smith Metal Arts Company logo and '506-33' pattern/design number and original protective pads on the four corners. Wonderful vintage condition with a several minor scratches and original warm glowing patina.
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