Here is an exquisite vintage Heintz nesting nut tray.
It has the classic look of Heintz Art Metal with a dazzling sterling overlay on the timeless bronze finish.
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.
In 1902, Otto Heintz purchased a small company, renamed it the Art Crafts Shop.
There are two pieces in the set: the exterior dish with the distinctly Art Deco sterling ornamentation and a smaller bronze dish that nests inside.
Of course, the smaller dish can be removed from the larger, exterior dish.
The geometric overlay is a beautiful contrast to the more typical Art Nouveau florals seen on other Heintz pieces.
The silver shows a nice dark patina which plays beautifully against the lightly oxidized bronze.
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 “557A”.
All Heintz patent numbers from 400 to 600 correspond to ash bowls, card plates, and trays.
The smaller dish shows slightly more wear and spotting than the larger dish, which also shows a few areas of mottled oxidization and a few light surface scratches.
Overall, the set remains in very good vintage 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: Inner dish: 3 1/8” in diameter, 5/8” tall, (59.1g) Outer dish: Base is 4” in diameter, Rim is 3 3/8” in diameter, 7/8” tall, (99.4g) Total weight: 158.5 grams (5.6 oz)