This is a beautifully patinated Heintz Sterling on Bronze nesting nut tray.
Easterbelle’s is proud to offer an assortment of several beautiful Heintz pieces, and this one is an excellent example of the era’s aesthetic, as well as providing sleek and subtle glamour to your personal collection
The Arts and Crafts Movement began in 1910, as a quest for authentic design and traditional craftsmanship. Reacting to the styles that had developed out of machine-production, artists like Otto Heintz would develop one of the most excellent examples of the movement’s aesthetic.
Otto Heintz was born into a family of manufacturing jewelers established in 1875 in Buffalo , NY By about 1902, he had purchased a small company, renamed it the Art Crafts Shop, and began design and manufacture of copper items with colored enamel decoration. He was granted three patents.
By 1906, he changed the name to Heintz Art Metal Shop, and shifted to bronze as the base material and sterling silver as ornamentation.
This wonderful nesting tray features five pieces total: a voluptuous base with graceful geometric sterling overlay and four removable dishes. Each piece is made from substantial bronze and exhibits a lovely patina, particularly the outer dish. The sterling overlay also boasts a gorgeous slate-gray patina.
There are several marks on the underside of the main dish. The first mark in the center of the dish is perfectly correct and features the diamond shaped Heintz hallmark as well as “Sterling on Bronze” and “Pat.Aug.27, 12”. The production mark can be seen stamped directly above this and reads “507A”.
When asked “how do you clean the silver” we say “you don’t!” All Heintz pieces were lacquered with the highest-quality lacquer obtainable at the time. So to keep your dish clean, we recommend gently wiping with a soft cloth. The patina is so much of what makes Heintz pieces so extraordinary and beautiful.
The dish we are so thrilled to offer here exhibits some areas of wear commensurate with its age and the top-most tray exhibits a light mark in the center. Overall, the set of five dishes remain in good condition.
Heintz pieces were produced for a relatively short time, but succeeded in embodying the very soul of the Arts and Crafts Movement. We know you will agree.
Measurements: Main dish (with sterling overlay): 12 ¼” (widest circumference), 7/8” tall Three inner-dishes: 9 ¾”, 10”, 10 ¼” circumferences (respectively) Top dish: Lip circumference is 10 ½” Total weight: 14 oz.
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