Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bates and Klinke Pewter Souvenir Buildings

Monticello & Poplar Forest 
The company, Bates & Klinke,  was founded by Harold Bates & Oscar Klinke and manufactured pewter products in the U.S. since 1919. Bates and Klinke, Inc. produced a number of product lines in Attleboro, Massachusetts, at town which was a major center for jewelry production in the early 20th century.  The company is noted for making souvenir silver charms from tourist travel destinations, along with souvenir spoons, brass souvenir plates, medals, key chains, & military insignia. Later, the company did business as B&J Manufacturing Corporation. However, neither of the companies' website are active and only their LinkedIn page works, so they may be out of business. Here’s a bit of trivia I discovered:  Did you know that in 1935, Bates and Klinke, Inc. was sued for patent infringement in the U.S. Supreme Court? PetersPatent Corp. v. Bates & Klinke, Inc. They produced a number of souvenir buildings and monuments and Building Collector reader, Gary, asked if I could compile a list and photos and below is what I have so far. I noticed on both the Monticello and Poplar Forest pewter souvenirs the shallow diamond logo which leads me to believe they were also produced by Bates and Klinke even though the name is missing. I wrote previously about other souvenir buildingsmade of pewter. Below are photos of buildings and monuments made by Bates & Klinke. Do you know of others?

540 Madison Ave. NY & Sears/Willis Tower

The Siege Museum & Lincoln in chair 

Washington, D.C. 

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