Bruce Fox Lobster serving dish/tray Royal Hickman RH 20

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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 06, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
Bruce Fox Lobster serving tray with huge claws. Appears to be of sculpted cast and polished Aluminum but could be of another alloy too, perhaps Pewter. Great detail, and in pretty good shape. It is about fifteen inches long, and each claw is about seven inches long, and about four inches wide. The arched back stands over three inches above the table top. It weighs in at just under two pounds, but the oversized claws are the key. If it were a real ready to eat lobster, the tasty tail meat would not be very much, but the delicious claws would overwhelm you!
Bottom of lobster marked Royal Hickman RH 20 on the left claw.
Etched signature of Bruce Fox on the lobsters right claw, along with underline accent.
Underside of Lobster shows plenty of small wear scratches, and minor pitting near the signature.
A really cool serving tray, perhaps for lobster horsdoeuvres, or another seafood horsdoeuvres at your next party, it is sure to be a great hit. Thanks for looking, hope you win this great piece!
The Bruce Fox Story

Bruce Fox was a young artist, sculptor, and visionary in 1938 when, upon returning to the United States after an adventure through Central America, he founded the company which still bears his name as the outlet for his artistic energies.

While in Panama, Fox had learned the trade of metalsmithing in the native tradition, and was eager to bring his “newfound” knowledge and skill to the burgeoning, post-Depression American market. Working with perhaps the most high-tech material of the era--aluminum--fox began creating works of art renown and sought after more than 60 years later. Over the next two decades, Fox’s reputation for artistic and manufacturing quality was firmly entrenched.

As the appeal of aluminum and sculpted copper decorative pieces waned in an era of changing tastes, Fox and his company were found themselves at a crossroads. A further tribute to the artist’s entrepreneurial spirit, Fox sought the answers beyond the consumer market. He realized large corporations and organizations were in need of creative recognition products with a look of austerity and permanence. Thus, the focus and course of the company was changed, and Bruce Fox, Inc.--founded on its artistic cornerstone--began designing and manufacturing custom designed award plaques and sculptures for the corporate world.

Interesting facts about Bruce Fox giftware

Many of the original sculptures were created by Bruce Fox himself. Much of his inspiration was derived from his travels throughout the western hemisphere, with particular focus on elements from nature. Before founding the company in New Albany, Indiana in 1938, Bruce Fox was a studio artist in New York City. Many popular giftware items were designed by renowned artist Royal Hickman. Many of those pieces bear the hallmark “RH”. During its height in the 1940’s and 1950’s, aluminum was a relatively rare, “space age” product that was new to many people and had great appeal as a decorative element in people’s homes. After Bruce Fox’s death in 1960, the company shifted its focus to corporate gifts and recognition products. The company sold the giftware line to Wilton Armetale in 1975. Wilton continued to produce many of the popular designs from the original Bruce Fox molds for many years thereafter. The stylized “Bruce Fox” signature hallmark that is stamped into many giftware items is often mistaken as “Bruce Cox”—collectors know this and keep an eye on web auction sites for mislabeled Bruce Fox giftware items. Aluminum is a highly-functional material that is ideal for serving food right from the oven or refrigerator. The high-quality, pure aluminum alloy used by Bruce Fox is perfectly safe for food items.
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