Thursday, November 10, 2011


This post will be devoted to questions from reader. Some may have been posted before but I believe we've been a bit short of receiving helpful answers.

Today's question was a thought provoking one. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this and all the others.

1. Is there any way of telling whether this Everlast Metal hand forged aluminum bowl, in the shape of a leaf, is part of the Mary Wright Fallen Leaves pattern?

2 .found a Palmer Smith aluminum bowl in a thrift shop. The # 2301 is stamped on bottom with the Palmer Smith logo. The bowl measures 7 1/2 inches with a trifoil leaf stamped design around inside edge.Can anyone tell me what it might be worth or more about its provenance? 
3.  My parents have many pieces of Palmer Smith Aluminum as well as embroidered linens.
Could you help me find someone who could place values on individual pieces?


4.   I currently have several pieces from the Rodney Kent aluminum collection.  One of them is the condiment set you pictured on your website.  However, I am missing one of the dishes and have been searching everywhere for a replacement. 

Do you have any idea which glass manufacturer was used for the collection?  Every time I see one of the condiment sets on Ebay, etc.,  it always has the same dish shown.  However, I find no markings what so ever on the bottom of the one dish I currently have.


5.  I am so fortunate to find this thread! i went to an estate sale and bought a continental antique beaten copper table crumber 2pc set w/ the chrysanthemum motif. #625

i can not find any information on the price as a set. i found 1 or 2 on ebay that just have the pan for anywhere from $30-80. is there any information on this? or what decade it might be from? or where the continental company was from? thanks! stefanie 

 6.  I just got a tray from a yard sale that is stamp on the bottom "continental silver co, WILD ROSE, brilliantone, 1023. Could you tell me if it's of any value and where I can sell it if so? I have two others that I got at the same place. One is round, no handles and stamped continental silver co Hand Wrought 580", the other is round and is stamped "Henry and Miller, and what looks to be "kraftware and trademark" below that. Any suggestions? Thanks .


You can see the value of an item is the most asked question. I expect the pricies will be as varied as they were in the past. 

On this blog, it is easy to post your comments by clicking on "comment"  and writing in the box that appears.Your email address remains private. I'm hoping for answers to these questions in order all of us may learn a little more.


  1. I had to reconstruct this post,,,worked for hours before finding the right suggestion that fixed the problem.

    I'm sorry the site was unavailable for so long but it simply happened between one click and the next.

  2. Regarding question number 1. ...I would guess not.
    I have the Patio Bar Tray and find the leaves to be very simple, bold and modern lines.

    Here is a link to a page with a Fallen Leaves relish tray, 1940-1941 ID.2005.121.212 Gift of Constance & James Levi ...housed at the Henry Ford Museum

    The main page shows and ad for the Bar or Butler Tray I have in the Fallen Leaves pattern:

    And here are some great photos of the folding Bar Tray in which you can see all of the leaves:

    It is on a site for American Arts & Crafts - a style that I don't think your anodized piece fits.

  3. Re: Question N0.1 addendum: ...Never leaving a stone unturned, I found the gold Leaf you picture above on a Google cached page on sale at kijiji and I could see the Everlast mark on the bottom which is an old one ...the same as the bar Tray. larger pics help:

    Shortened link to Google cache:

    So, I will add that I am not sure, but still think no.

  4. 1. My thoughts on the leaf question is that it is simply a case of a company (Everlast) following the popularity of leaf designed trays made by other companies such as Buenilum and Palmer-Smith. The Forge also made a leaf-styled tray---one with a leafy tree motif and one with Bittersweet.

    Seaneen, you made a good point about the simplicity of the Mary Wright leaves.

  5. Here are 2 more Everlast "leaves" with oblique attributions to Mary Wright... this one on Etsy sold:
    Vintage Leaf Dish- Hand Forged Everlast

    This one is still for sale and I am fairly certain this is not Wright's design. The attribution is less oblique. To me this design depicts Ivy or vine leaves that have obviously not "fallen" and the over-all design, while lovely, is just about the antithesis of American Way design.:


    [I don't know if I can or how to make links live in the Comments, but a copy and paste into a new browser window works just fine.]

    In reading a Thesis in pdf on line on Russel Wright and the American Way project, it is stated that he [and wife, Mary] only produced 2 designs in metal ware for this venture. Photos, mainly from magazine Ads are rare. I'm willing to stick my neck out and say the 2 designs are the Leaf Relish Dish and the Bar Tray both cited above at the Henry Ford Museum. The Bar Tray was incorporated into 2 versions, the simple folding tray pictured above (that I have), and the more elaborate Bar Cart that I think you have or had, Dannie [?]... seen here on Worthpoint:

    Russel Wright's predominant foray into Aluminum was his very sleek and modern unadorned Spun Aluminum, which I believe was not part of the American Way venture.

    Here is a great shot on a 2009 Blog of Russel Wright Aluminum ...and the book, Easier Living by Mary and Russel Wright:

    Exhibit: Mary and Russell Wright

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