What can you tell me about this art nouveau letter holder?

javaandjazzAugust 1, 2010

I picked up this up in New Hartford, CT at the Collinsville Antique Center. This wasn't a super bargain but I wanted it and I paid for it...LOL, it's going to be very useful on my desk. The mark on the bottom is "467" and on the inside "467 B". I'm kinda dying to poilsh it but I know that's a bad thing, at least in this case. I don't think it's Jennings Brothers cause they usually mark with a number followed by "JB" or Bradley and Hubbard I'm trying to figure out the metal used also. It's sort of coppery when you hold it just right. Thanks!

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lindac

I love it! But it doesn't look like the style of Jennings Brothers....and from what I read they always worked in spelter....and that sure doesn't look like spelter in any way to me...looks more like pewter.
Maybe it's a little more arts and crafts than art nouveau?
Even has a little of the southwestern or Aztec look.
Does it hold a magnet...I know likely not but I had to ask!! LOL!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 4:48PM
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javaandjazz

I thought arts and crafts too but the owner of the booth had it for sale as art nouveau. I also agree with you on the south western and aztec look too! It does hold a magnet, is that a bad thing..LOL? It reminds me of some tiffany pieces of I seen but I am dreaming that it is...LOL!!!!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 4:55PM
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javaandjazz

A dealer from ebay just said it's probably 1960's but in my opinion, I don't think so...mmore like late 1800's or early 1900's.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 5:04PM
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lindac

It holds a magnet? All over? try lots of places...
That means it's steel....or possibly an alloy called white brass a nickle alloy.
Wow! Who worked in steel?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 5:59PM
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javaandjazz

Holds the magnet all over, even the bottom too.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 6:19PM
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calliope

My guess is cast iron with worn brass overlay. Not uncommon in old letter holders.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 10:33PM
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calliope

And yes, I do think it's probably Jennings Brothers.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 10:37PM
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