Antique Silver Indian Smoking Pipe. In 1891 the Jennings Brothers Manufactory Company began creating pieces in Bridgeport Connecticut. They continued in buisness into the early 1900's.
The company produced some of the finest crafted art metal pieces ever made during the arts and craft movement. Not lending themselves to mass production, their methods were exacting and painstakingly detailed.
They employed and relied upon the expertise of artisans, sculptors and metalsmiths. Existing examples bearing the distinctive hallmark of JB are keenly and internationally sought after by collectors. Thats where this exquisite piece comes in. Where do I start to describe this work of art.First, it is of the utmost quality, and remains in excellent condition. It has been housed within a collection of antique smoking pipes and ephemera for years. From the top of his headdress to the tip of his moccasins he just oozes sculptings finest embellishments. Every area of this sculpture is so fine, from the creases on his sleeves, to the choker around his neck. But the star of the show is the artistic quality that was poured into his headdress. The feathering is just exquisite. Then he was transferred to the Silver City Plating Company out of Meriden Connecticut. They provided a classic silver plated finish to the piece, which when polished over the years, leaves it with this incredible old pawn jewelry appearance. Their label on the bottom of the seated Indian has grown so faint, you need to identify it with a jewelers loop. At the very minimum this piece is 113 years old. Out off all the items in my collection, he is without a doubt the finest piece, bar none. Jennings Brothers also produced this piece in "Nouveau Bronze" and "Ormolu Gold" but it just doesnt have the same appeal. They are one dimensional, and flat in appearance. If I were Eugene Hamilton Ray (President) of Silver City Plate Co, I would have insisted on keeping this one for myself, positioning it on my credenza for everyone to see. This silver plate version, with its old pawn appearance, the tarnish remaining in it's tight recesses, turning it black over time. It leaves this sculpture with a dimension that is truly breathtaking.
It's so rare and untouched that I have never seen another one like it. What may have been lost to time as to the identity of the original sculptor, he or she may float to the surface in the coming years. When a person watches Antiques Roadshow we have the luxury of hearing who created a beautiful piece of pottery or furniture by their initials. Whoever styled this incredible work of art needs to have his or her day in the sun.
It is in excellent condition, and the hinge is tight and works perfectly. Quite a substantial, heavy piece..... NOTE: This piece was originally intended to house a pack of cigarettes. I mocked up a picture holding business cards. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".The seller is "annabellelees303" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.