leaders in Waterbury, CT led by Augustus Chase established the
Waterbury Manufacturing Company in 1876. They manufactured pins,
buttons, saddle and harness parts, upholstery trim, and other
utiliarian wares mostly made out of brass. Augustus was succeeded
in the company by his son Henry, who ran the company so successfully
that by 1900 a needed rolling mill was built. Soon, the company's
name was changed to the Chase Metal Works and became a major
supplier to the U.S. government during the years of World War
I. Following the war, Chase like many other manufacturers which
had shifted to wartime production needed to now retool for peacetime
production. Once again, the company's legal name was changed,
this time to the Chase Brass & Copper Company, and Frederick
Chase became the new leader of the company. He mounted an aggressive
marketing campaign to introduce Chase products for the home
consumer markets. In
1928, advertising manager Rodney Chase introduced the centaur
mark in which a centaur holds a bow in the midst of a hunt,
or chase. The Chase centaur mark appears on almost every piece
made after 1928, although an impressed mark is under the rivet
that attaches the bakelite handles to select pieces.
were years of Art Deco style, and iconic buildings like the
Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall in New York, the
Union Terminal in Cincinnati, and most of Miami Beach needed
lighting and accessories to go with the new Deco style.
By 1936, both the Chase home and commercial
businesses were booming to meet the demand of commercial and
office buildings as well as homeowners who were anxious to adopt
this new streamlined and geometric style. Chase quickly became
one of the largest producers of high quality, machine made Art
Deco lighting and accessories with finely made products such
as barware, candlesticks, smoking accessories, lamps, and assorted
serving pieces. Chase products were sold in special gift departments
called Chase Shops in well known jewelry and department stores
like Marshall Field’s in Chicago and Bloomingdales in New York.
The company commissioned many of the best industrial designers
of the day to develop new offerings, enlisting leading and innovative
designers Russel Wright, Rockwell Kent, Walter von Nessen, Ruth
Gerth, Lurelle Guild, and Charles Arcularius. Chase also had
a talented iIn-house designers such as Harry Laylon, and it
was widely acknowledged that their designs and manufacturing
were superior to most any other competitor in the marketplace.
Still, while Chase metalware was extremely well made, it was
also affordable in these still difficult years following the
depression when the Chase chromium finish was introduced. Chrome
has an extremely high melting point and accommodates a high
polish finish. Chase wares often paired the chromium finish
with bakelite, catalin, and walnut handles and accessories,
well suited for serving hot food and beverages. Some Chase products
like cocktail sets also included glassware, typically in clear
or cobalt blue colors purchased from leading glass manufacturers
of the day such as Libbey.
appreciated the low cost elegance of Chase barware and metalware,
and it retained its gleam with virtually no polishing. Chase
chrome had a brass or copper base under the chromium plated
surface. Using these non-ferrous metals as a base ensured that
the chrome finish wouldn’t rust, flake, or pit. Chase metalware
even attracted the attention of home economist Emily Post who
endorsed Chase products in the book How to Give Buffet Suppers
featuring a variety of Chase Chromium serving and heating products.
Broadway and Hollywood films also made extensive use of Chase
Art Deco industrial design in their sets during these exciting
theatrical years. Chase metalware continued to be sold up until
the onset of World War II at which point they once again converted
to wartime production. After World War II, Chase chose not to
resume making consumer products and the production of their
most famous works ceased.
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