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Auto vase, silver

Object Details

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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
Date
ca. 1912-1913
Period
Art Deco (ca.1908-1935)
Accession number
FJP.1987.076
Description
Silver conical auto vase and chain. This auto vase is hexagonal with six unadorned sides and a point capped with a ball. A chain attaches at two points which allowed the vase to be hung in the car. The opening of the vase is round and much smaller than its size. This was likely a design choice to help keep the flowers secure in the vase.
Label Text
The auto vase, a term coined by Henry Ford, began to appear in automobiles as early as 1895. These automobile accessories not only improved the smell, but also added a touch of elegance to any vehicle’s interior. Henry Ford was so pleased with these decorative “air-fresheners,” that he offered them in his parts department and added them to his system of mass production. An auto vase is comprised of a small bud vase with a bracket that allowed it to be mounted inside the car either on the dashboard or by the passenger side window. Vases came in many designs and colors and in a variety of price ranges. Pressed glass, cut crystal, metal, porcelain, ceramic, and even wood was used for the vases, and were often paired with brackets that were fancier than the vases themselves. These could be made of silver or even be gold plated. Auto vases were sold in jewelry stores, auto parts stores, and catalogs from companies such as Sears. By the 1930’s, with improvements in car batteries and air-conditioning becoming standard in vehicles, the auto vase was no longer necessary, and it faded out of use.
Mark(s)
Country of Origin: Lion passant (England)
City/Region of Origin: 3 wheat sheaves on shield (Chester)
Date letter: script M (1912-1913)
Makers Mark: JD/WD
Credit Line
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection. Gift of Frances Jones Poetker.
Topic
bouquet holders
bouquetiers
porte-bouquets
porte-fleurs
Posy holders
silver
tussie-mussies
vases
automobiles
costume accessories
decorative arts
fashion
Victoriana
Origin
Chester, England
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
4 1/4 × 1 3/4 in. (10.8 × 4.4 cm)
Style
Art Deco
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Type
Bouquet holders
Vases
Vases-Auto vases
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/aq41d4612da-c02f-43ed-a818-5d72187972f4
Record ID
hac_FJP.1987.076
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