This hand-hammered aluminum rectangular tray measures 9.5" by 14.5" (16.5" including self-handles). It is decorated with two rows of the relatively scarce stylized intaglio Shell motif; each Shell is bossed. The piece is marked with the Palmer-Smith trademark and bears no Style Number. Palmer-Smith aluminum wares were only produced between May 1935 and December 1941, and this piece was likely created after 1938.
I have several aluminum pieces from the same collector, with more to come, from an extensive collection that includes quality vintage work by Wendell August, Palmer-Smith, Town, James DePonceau, Arthur Armour, Laird, Cellini-Craft, Sheasley and many others. Most of these artisans were connected with Wendell August in some way. The majority all in fabulous condition. I invite you to sign up for my seller newsletter, through the button in this sale, to be kept informed.
History: Arthur J. Palmer, Jr. (1897-1978) was a merchandiser of high-end gift wares in New York City when he was retained by the Wendell August Forge of Grove City, PA in 1932 to market and assist in styling its fledgling line of innovative decorative aluminum items. In 1935, he left Wendell August and started his own firm, also in Grove City, to produce his own line of Palmer-Smith aluminum gift wares. Palmer-Smith creations are duplicative of no other aluminum wares of the era, having a consistently distinctive style characterized by bold and massive appearance, uncomplicated form, restrained intaglio decorative motifs, and occasional use of cast or machined ornamental accents. The firm ceased production of aluminum wares in December 1941.
Interesting Tidbit: Palmer-Smith produced a few aluminum items with repousse motifs and a few copper and silverplated copper items with intaglio motifs.
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