This is an unsigned Heintz Art Metal blotter which is 5 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide . It was made between 1912 and 1932. The lovely blotter is bronze with an extraordinary sterling silver overlay which resembles a a two birds sitting on a branch. There is no stamp on the bottom, but it is definitely Heintz. The blotter has a deep, rich patina that is just beautiful. For those who are curious:
Otto Heintz was from a family of manufacturing jewelers that was established in 1875, in Buffalo , NY. In 1902, Mr. Heintz purchased a small company, and renamed it the Art Crafts Shop. He began to design and manufacture of copper items with colored enamel decoration. In 1906, Otto changed the name of the studio to Heintz Art Metal Shop, and changed to bronze as the base material and sterling silver as ornamentation. In 1912 he was granted three patents for the application of silver to bronze without solder. Heintz pieces were produced for a only a short time.
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