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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 07-26-2010 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many years ago, when I started here, I was one of those folks who believed that there was no art deco American silver. Thus it took me six months to realize how rare and cool this three piece set was--the design called "Ritz" and patented by Harold Nock for Towle Silversmiths in 1928-29. The orange handles are Bakelite-type plastic and were white, making this piece an American riff on Puiforcat, just before the Crash ruined America's beginning foray into modernism. To my knowledge, there are three of these sets known, and one may even have a tray. The pot is 8.5"H and 4"diameter.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2010 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank for posting this great set. Towle seemed more interested in cutting edge design that some of the other manufacturers. Still, it is rare to find American Art Deco in sterling from anyone. There are still finds to be made in silver plate, chrome and other metals, though. As in the Victorian era, it was more acceptable to experiment with design in cheaper products.

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Brent

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David C Walters

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Beautiful tea set!!!

[This message has been edited by David C Walters (edited 06-25-2012).]

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dragonflywink

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Nock's 1929 patent for an Art Deco bowl (#D78,585) - an example was recently sold by a New York dealer, who called it a "Ritz" bowl (can't shake the feeling I've seen it in a book, but not able to check at the moment):

~Cheryl

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Brent

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Here are some pictures of a RITZ pattern compote which I shared at the New York Silver Society dinner this year. It is 8 3/4 inches in diameter. It closely resembles the patent drawing, except that the plain stem has been replaced with 4 spheres, raising it to a new level aesthetically. Super Art Deco, saved from the scrap pile a couple of years ago. I'm glad it came my way!

Brent

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Scott Martin
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Wonderful variation! It belongs in a museum ...a museum that will keep it on display and not occasionally roll it out of storage.

Thanks so much for sharing.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-27-2015 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure if this comparison really tells us anything?

With a little imagination it may suggest the compote might be found in a different size as well.

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Brent

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Certainly possible. I'm sure that a number of different items were planned for this line, but what was actually produced and in what quantities is a mystery. From what I gathered no one has seen a piece with the ball center before, but it seems clear that they didn't make a lot of this line before the Depression killed it. So, not much to begin with, and even less now. I suspect they produced a sales catalog of some kind, so there might be a record of it somewhere.

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Mr. Nock must have been a native of Newburyport because Nock is a fairly common name there, or was at one time. There was a school named for Rupert Nock and just around the corner from ONC is a gym called Hard Nock's Gym.
Brent, you compote is beautiful and I am so pleased it was saved from being scrapped.

I've done some repairs for a dealer who gets many pieces from scrappers, a local woman, and I find it always to be especially pleasing when a piece can be saved that way.

Geoff Blake

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