We are thrilled to offer this extraordinary vintage vase from the Silver Crest Art Metal Company.
Silver Crest was the trademark used by the Smith Metal Arts Company of Buffalo; expert craftsman from the Heintz Art Metal Shop formed the new company in 1919, utilizing much of what they had learned, manufacturing incredible bronze items like this vase.
Heintz Art Metal Shop was founded in 1906, in New York by Otto Heintz. They discontinued their works in 1935 when a new name, Silver Crest, was taken.
The piece features an incredible, rich patina, perfectly complementing the decorative sterling silver (.925) overlay.
A motif of whimsical, sleepy flowers graces the vase; the silver remains in excellent condition exhibiting only the most minor darkening and few scratches.
There are two very shallow dents on the side of the vase, those they are barely visible and detract nothing from the appeal of the piece.
The hallmark featured on the bottom is the traditional "Silver Crest Sterling Decorated Bronze" with a minuscule Smith Metal Arts Company logo in the center.
A production number can also clearly be seen underneath this; it reads "X1051".
You'll notice that the original number has been crossed out by the manufacturer.
We love that this was mis-numbered and restamped because it is a manufacturer's mistake and makes it more collectible.
If you are a collector, you know these should never be polished.
If you are new to Silver Crest, the patina that develops over years adds value and beauty to these pieces.
Measurements: Height: 13" Base circumference: 12 ½" Rim circumference: 9 ¾" Middle circumference: 14 ¾" Weight: 2 lbs