CHASE COLLECTOR'S SOCIETY
The Comet Coffee Set Designed by Walter von Nessen
The Chase Brass and Copper Company of Waterbury, Connecticut, was founded in 1876. Throughout most of its early existence Chase was a major producer of industrial brass and copper products. But during the 1930's, the company developed and marketed a line of housewares and gift products sold through major retail department stores across the country. Although most items in the product line were available in a variety of finishes, the chrome plated versions predominated. Many Chase products boasted the clean, modern style so prevalent during that era ... a style we have come to call moderne or art deco. Chase commissioned many big-name industrial designers of the era to develop products for the line including Walter von Nessen, Russell Wright, Ruth Gerth, Lurelle Guild, and Rockwell Kent, representative of some of the best design talent available at the time. The company also employed talented in-house designers such as Harry Laylon
The Comet Tea Service For Chase by von Nessen
Chase specialty products were sold until the advent of the second world war, at which time the factory converted to wartime production. Following the war, the company chose not to re-enter the consumer products market. Whereas that ended the era, that did not end the interest in this product line. Today, all Chase products are eminently collectible and command a great deal of interest.
The Chase Collectors Society helps collectors of these products through providing a forum for disseminating knowledge and exchanging information. If you wish to join other like-minded collectors, you are invited to enroll in the Chase Collectors Society, an email discussion list. To begin the process of enrolling, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chasecollectors.
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Chase Appraisal Service
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