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Q: My decorated aluminum serving tray is marked "Canterbury Arts" on the bottom. It is hand-hammered, but also decorated with a carved swirling design. History and value?

A: Canterbury Arts is one of the lesser-known and smaller American companies that produced decorative aluminum serving pieces during the middle of the 20th century. Two artists, Chester C. Pflanz and J. Hatterick (or Hattrick), ran the firm, which appears to have operated in upstate New York in the 1940s. Your tray is in Canterbury's best-known intaglio (carved) pattern, called "Curvilinear." In general, Canterbury Arts trays sell today for $10 to $25 each.


Canterbury Arts Aluminum Serving Tray


#2 Waterford Crystal Diamond-Cut 6" VaseGailssi 2015-01-12 20:48
How can I determine the value of a Waterford Crystal, diamond cut, 6" H, 4-1/2"D at the top and 3-1/2" at the bottom, vase that was purchased in England in 1969? there is a sidewise leaf-cut around the middle of the vase with diamon cut above and below it.
Thank you for your help.
#1 Lazy ButlerGailssi 2015-01-11 19:01
I have a lazy butler set that my parents got back in the mid 1940's. Maybe earlier if it was from my Grandparents, but I'm not sure of that. It is also made of hammered metal (aluminum?) with the Canterbury Arts insignia stamped in the bottom. It is actually 3 pieces: an ashtray with a hinged cover, a hand brush, and a stand for the brush to hang on.
I would like to have an idea of what it's value is, but I can't find where I can attach photos here. Can you help me?
Thank you.

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