Dieselpunks.org | March 5, 2014
In the first part of this two part article I provided some information in respect of the immediate background to the vogue for Art Deco wall masks. Here I want to focus upon some of the major manufacturers and specific types of mask any buyer might expect to encounter. I’ll commence with the firm of Cope & Co. as Cope masks are some of the easiest to come across especially in the UK.
C & Co Mask Mod No 1 (length 18cm)
J. H. Cope & Co.
Wellington Works, Longton, England.
James Cope’s Wellington works (Staffordshire) had a very short history running only sixty years between 1887 and 1947. Largely known for producing everyday china with floral, landscape and later geometric decoration their wares were nearly always marked with a trademark incorporating the Duke of Wellington. However, during the 1930s in what seems to be an offshoot of their major business they began producing a range of wall masks which used an alternative impressed mark of C & Co. or C Ltd. England.
These impressed marks are a great help to the collector for a variety of reason. First of all they always include a model number. Secondly, it was not uncommon for factories to produce near copies (often without obtaining permission) of wares by international rivals. In the case of Cope, models No 1 & 6 among others were fairly direct copies of masks produced by Royal Dux (see more below).
C Ltd Mod No 21 (18cm)