This and 2 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Diplomat Coffee Set.

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Diplomat Sugar Bowl And Lid

This is a Sugar bowl and lid. It was designed by Walter von Nessen and manufactured by Chase Brass & Copper Co.. It is dated ca. 1931. Its medium is chromium-plated copper, catalin. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Designed by Walter von Nessen, this Diplomat Coffee Service was the first coffee service released by the Chase Brass & Copper Company. Available in polished brass or chrome, with either white or black Catalin knobs and handles, this set offered sophistication at an affordable price point. Von Nessen created visual connections to earlier periods in American design, showing a respect for histories and traditions of craftsmanship that resonated with Depression-era consumers yearning for a sense of stability.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

It has the following markings

Underside: Chase USA

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Diplomat Sugar Bowl And Lid; Designed by Walter von Nessen (American, 1889 - 1943); Manufactured by Chase Brass & Copper Co. (United States); chromium-plated copper, catalin; Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-105-a,b

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