William Lescaze, Rome Ny Revere Copper Salt, Pepper Art Deco, W/ Orig Box #272
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William Lescaze, Rome Ny Revere Copper Salt, Pepper Art Deco, W/ Orig Box #272:
This newest salt and pepper amazes me because it is the third one we have found in our area near where these were made. This one has a bit of damage but it has the original box! Labeled on the bottom it says Duet salt and pepper shakers No. 272. On top of the box it says Handicraft by Revere Revere Copper and Brass Incorporated Rome Manufacturing Co. division Rome NY.
Offered for sale is a very rare and unique salt and pepper set made by Revere Copper and Brass company of Rome, NY. It was designed by William Lescaze and produced by Revere. It was called 'Duet'. Each measure 2 inches wide by5/8 inches thick and 1 3/4 inches tall. They are made of aluminum in a simplistic Art Deco style. They each are marked inside and are number 8637 -1 and 8637 -2. The dark color bakelite bottom slides in and out for easy filling. Not many of these survived due to the aluminum oxidizing. One area on the pepper is missing a portion of the alumiinum on the bottom for about 1/2 inch. This is not too noticable and I am thinking the boxmore than makees up for the damage on the pepper. The box is all here but is separated on two of the corners on the outside. The bottom of the box is about perfect! I doubt if these were ever even used. Probably a wedding present that sat in the attic.Bakelite looks black and both slide in and out without much trouble.
William Lescaze was a Swiss Born architect and designer active in both the US and France. Following WWI,he spent two years working on projects for the Committee of the Reconstruction of Devastated France, before immigrating to the US in 1920. After initially working as a draftsman in Cleveland he set up his own architecture practice in NY. His best known design is the 1929-32 Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building, with which he collaborated with George Howe. Other buildings were studios for Columia Broadcasting system and 1930-31 Frederic Vanderbilt house in Connecticut. Though mainly an architect, he designed decorative arts and metal work including a clock, desk set, coat rack, desks, chairs and ceiling lights and michrophones for CBS. He is credited with design of the DUET salt and pepper shakers introduced in the 1935 Revere's catalog. These are starting low so all interesed parties can have a "shake" at them. Get it? shake? salt and pepper! starts at $29.99.
I added a shot of the inside of these and I do not see any corrosion. ** Stay tuned for more Revere items.