Idyllic scenes of Dutch settings from windmills and sailboats to pastoral cottages and churches encompass the circular perimeter of the early 20th century silver vase.
Currently on view as part of the Delaware County Historical Society’s “A Glimpse of Delaware County’s History” exhibit, the vase is believed to have come from the first quarter of the 20th century.
The piece is believed to have been made in America despite the Dutch influence. That can be seen in the hand-engraved pictures of windmills and canals.
Also seen at the top and on the base of the vase are a variety of images of scenes from its day. A sailboat drifts in the still water near a beacon and a boat resting on shore. A house stands surrounded by trees and bushes and greenery in a deep forest. A windmill rises tall in a field as its blades are poised to move at any moment, a flock of birds ascends near the horizon, off onto their next journey.
Intricate engravings also frame the pictures and include gatherings of swirls, arches and leaves.
The bottom is a silver base, etched with two initials, “HS.” At one point, it was owned by Hampton Dailey of Brooklyn Center, Mo.
This 20th century trumpet vase and the rest of the “A Glimpse of Delaware County’s History” exhibit, is on view at the home of Delaware County Historical Society, located at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Parking is free in lot behind the building or across the street in the city’s municipal lot.
For more information or for ways to get involved, please call 610-359-0832.
A trumpet vase shows intricate detail among the DCHS collection.
Sail boats are prominent in the etched scenery on the DCHS vase.
A windmill harkens a Dutch influence on the finely detailed silver vase.