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    Posted 4 years ago

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    These were another nice find at the Concord, Calif. Flea Market this past weekend. These Chick Salt and Pepper were almost black, when I found them in the bottom of a box, that the seller got from a storage unit, and he let me have them for $1.00!
    The salt and pepper were made by E & J B(marked on the bottom) Inc. New York before 1930. Unmarked for metal content, I believe they are silver plated(maybe over pewter), because they polished up so nice.
    Here's some info about E & J Brass, the manufacturer from the internet:

    E & J Bass, Inc. of NY, they sold items in the 1890s-1930 under the name Empire Art Gold, Imperial Art Silver and Empire Art Silver, their mark usually consisted of a Crown in a circle with E&JB Empire Art. Their business went under due to the Depression. They also produced the enamel and jewel combinations, or sometimes without jewels. I have also known of some pieces of jewelry, such a sash buckles which were stamped Empire Art. The Dorothy Rainwater book says that E & J Bass were "Manufacturers of sterling silver wares, sterling deposit wares and plated silver and jewelry." You will find markings on the bases of the boxes and perfume caddies, the sides of the handles on the hand mirrors and brushes, and also just underneath the mirror on the hand mirror. I have never seen a comb marked.

    Thanks for looking, and all comments welcome! :^)

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    1. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Thomas, they always say your first you'll never forget, but I love them all!
      So thanks to you all, for lookin at these little shaker chicks, and loving them too!
      and Mani,
      Much appreciated! :^)
    2. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Good evening Mary, and thank you much for stopping so late, and giving some love too! :^)
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Bill - these are very sweet tweets. What an amazing pair for $1? I love them.
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Awwww, Bill, they're adorable!
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Thank you both for your comments Mary, and Bonnie! :^D
      They are sweet and adorable, but the way their little faces look, like hawks, if they were real I wouldn't want to get my fingers near them! :^)
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Much thanks to you all for stopping by to look, and loving what you saw,
      and JImam.
      it's always good to see you, and the love is a bonus! :^)
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Hi aura, nice of you to stop by and give some love! Thank you much! :^)
    8. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love vintagelamp! :^)
    9. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 years ago
      They're charming. A bargain!
    10. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Hi Vintagefran, thank you for your comment, and the love! :^D
      Yes they are, I really like them, and for the price! Can't be beat! :^)
    11. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Nice, another post brought back, thank you Collectables59, and for the love, always good to get! :^)

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