Posted 3 years ago
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! :^)