Arts & Crafts Hand Hammered Copper Mailbox with plaque reading O. Christensen
Fine Arts & Crafts Hand Hammered Copper Mailbox with plaque reading "O. Christensen". Beautifully designed and skillfully executed. Maker unknown, but the quality is equal to works from the workshops of experienced coppersmiths, possibly a talented student. Even Dirk Van Erp offered classes to the public and much of the student's work is very well done. The curved mitered corners and the hinged door would be very challenging for most students though. The back is made of galvanized steel sheet metal for it's resistance to rust. I always assumed that such metal was in use after the Arts and Crafts Movement. After researching I learned that Stanislas Sorel, in 1836 patented a process of cleaning steel and then coating it with zinc by dipping it into molten zinc. I don't have a key for the door at this time, but we have had keys made for items from this period by our local locksmith. The plaque could be removed and replaced with another name or, to preserve it's history, a plaque could be attached with two sided tape. Beautiful original patina, the image with the egg is the most accurate image. Measures: 9 3/4" tall x 7 13/16" x 1 3/4" deep.
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