HERE’S A SIGNED ORIGINAL VINTAGE PRE-1935 MODERN HANDMADE GOLDEN-HUED BRONZE-METAL-ALLOY THREE-FOOTED BOWL MADE BY THE DIRIGOLD COMPANY OF KOKOMO, INDIANA (1926-1935) THAT DISPLAYS A SIMPLE EIGHT-SIDED SCALLOPED / FLUTED SHAPED BOWL SITTING ATOP THREE PAW-SHAPED FEET!
Dimensions: The bowl measures approximately eight and one quarter inches (8 1/4”) in diameter across the top by two and one quarter inches (2 1/4”) in height
Signature: Signed on the underside bottom with a stamped / impressed marking that reads: “DIRIGOLD” along with three (3) very small clover-shaped hallmarks that include the letters “O” “D” “G”
Condition: Generally very good and clean condition with some age-related mellowing to the surface patina, some small spots and surface markings, and very fine mild scratches. Remember, Dirigold hollowware and flatware, when new, had a beautiful shiny surface patina. The bowl being sold here can again have this beautiful shiny surface patina with proper polishing.
Please scroll down to read the history of Dirigold.
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(the following information is courtesy the website for Dirilyte)
Dirilyte, as it is known today, was originally created as Dirigold.
Dirilyte is a romantic product with an international flavor. The alloy from which our product is produced was originally developed in Sweden in 1914. The creator of this alloy was a Swedish metallurgist by the name of CarI Molin. He created the beautiful items in Dirigold and brought them to the World's Fair in New York City. They received such a tremendous acceptance that he returned to Sweden to produce and deliver the items that had been sold. At this time Mr. Molin was joined by Mr. Oscar Von Malmborg in the production and distribution of the line.
In 1923 the Gohlenburg Exposition was held. During that exposition a large amount of Dirigold was sold. At the conclusion of this Swedish fair, both men were approached by Swedish-Americans visiting the fair. These gentlemen proposed that Dirigold be brought to America to further their new enterprise. In 1924 a selling company was formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Mr. Von Malmborg. Mr. Molin continued to operate the manufacturing plant in Sweden.
After some time it was decided to manufacture the new golden-hued flatware and holloware in the United States. A building was secured in Kokomo, Indiana where the manufacturing organization was moved. This operation was under the supervision of Mr. Molin. He brought six men and their families with him from Sweden and from this beginning others were trained and the plant enlarged.
The years 1926 through 1930 were spent in the development of the American manufacturing plan and its refinement. Great strides were made. In 1929 the tragedy of the Great Depression began to erode this young corporation, and in 1930 it was forced to enter into Receivership. The company continued to operate and was finally sold at a receivers sale in 1935. The assets of the corporation were purchased by a group of citizens in Kokomo, Indiana and a new company was formed. It was known as American Art Alloys and still continued to market the flatware and holloware under the name of Dirigold.
In 1935 the Federal Trade Commission brought suit against the company, charging that the name "Dirigold" was misleading to the public because the alloy did not contain any gold. As a result, the company was forced to change the product name. It was decided to change the corporate name as well as the product name, the new name coined was DIRILYTE. The company operated under the name of the Dirilyte Company of America until November of l97l when the product line and equipment were purchased by Hand Industries, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana. The name then became and remains the Dirilyte Company, Division of Hand Industries, Inc.
(the following information is courtesy the website for the Howard County Historical Society)
The bronze metal alloy known as Dirilyte was developed by Carl Molin in 1914 in Sweden. He began marketing it as Dirigold in 1919. Seven years later he moved his manufacturing to Kokomo. In 1935 the Federal Trade Commission made the company change its name from Dirigold to avoid confusion since the flatware contained no actual gold. Dirilyte is not plated and has the golden color throughout the metal. In 1948, President Truman was presented with a Dirilyte flatware set when he came through Kokomo on a campaign stop. According to a newspaper article, Charles Lindbergh used Dirigold in Indianapolis in 1927 at a banquet in his honor when on a stop of his cross country tour after flying the Atlantic Ocean. In 1981 Dirilyte manufacturing was moved to Warsaw, Indiana. Production ceased in 1986. No two pieces of Dirilyte are exactly alike. Each piece was individually hand crafted without an assembly line and is a reflection of the skill of the worker who made it.
(the following is a reprinting of an article titled “100 Objects: #12 – Dirigold” published April 19, 2018 in the Kokomo Tribune newspaper)
In the City of Firsts, “Dirigold” was not a Kokomo first, but the story of the creation and production did become part of the manufacturing history of the community. The material, which was used to create golden-hued flatware and hollowware, was invented in Sweden in 1914 by metallurgist Carl Molin. He brought some of his items to the World’s Fair in New York City, where they were very popular. He later brought six men and their families with him from Sweden and built a factory in Kokomo to manufacture it. The years 1926 through 1930 were spent in the development of the American manufacturing plant and its refinement. Research by the Howard County Historical Society found that the assets of the corporation were later purchased by a group of citizens in Kokomo, and a new company was formed. It was known as American Art Alloys and still continued to market the flatware and hollowware under the name of Dirigold. The website for Dirilyte states that in 1935, the Federal Trade Commission brought suit against the company, charging that the name “Dirigold” was misleading to the public because the alloy did not contain any gold. As a result, the company was forced to change the product name to Dirilyte. The company operated under the name of the Dirilyte Co. of America until November 1971, when the product line and equipment were purchased by Hand Industries Inc. of Warsaw, Ind. The name then became the Dirilyte Co., Division of Hand Industries Inc.
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