Early 1900s Vintage Apollo Vanity Set Includes Perfume Bottle, Powder Box, & Perfume Tray. Minature Signed Portraits Adorn Both the Perfume Bottle and the Powder Box. All Pieces Are Marked : Apollo. These Original Marked Apollo Sets Are Rare and Hard To Find. The Set is in Very Good Condition With Some Finish Wear, To Be Expected With Use. The Filigreed Perfume Bottle Has A Perfect Dauber. Lovely Handpainted Ivory Minature Portraits Under Glass With Artist Signatures. Lovely Old Set Will Add A Touch of Elegance to Your Boudoir or Vanity!
Apollo Studios of New York was a division of Bernard Rice's & Sons and items marked with the Apollo stamp were made from 1909-1922. These pieces are usually marked only with Apollo, sometimes with Apollo Studios NY or Apollo Ovington followed by some mold (style) numbers. In 1872, the Apollo Silver Co. merged with the bankrupt Redfield & Rice Co, forming the Bernard Rice's Sons. Bernard Rice's & Sons went out of business in 1958. Apollo Studios was a contemporary of Tiffany Studios and produced some of the similar type items, like desk sets, humidors and other fine pieces of brass, copper and gilded brass. I have seen sash buckles stamped Apollo. Apollo Studios was mentioned in advertisements to be manufacturers of hollow ware, boudoir accessories, and gift items in silverplate, goldplate and other metals.Apollo Studios products were sold in the prestigious Ovington's store, The Gift Shop of Fifth Avenue. Ovington sold china, crystal, fine art, silver and gift items aimed at the bridal market. They produced the jewels and handpainted portraits on ivory combinations or sometimes without jewels.Some pieces with the Apollo name were still being produced in the 1930s and 1940s, these items were not as ornate at the earlier pieces and were usually enameled and had the heavy cast metal handles. A popular feature on items of this age are a single large faceted glass jewel on the backs of items or on perfume stoppers, or handpainted ivory miniatures under glass and set into filigree. Items with extra long handles date to the 1930s. To find marks on Apollo pieces: The handmirrors and brushes are usually marked on the side of the handles. The boxes will be marked on the bases. The trays will be marked on the sides or bases of the frames. I have never seen a comb marked.