I came across this miniature incense burner at a local estate sale the other day. I was intrigued, and I thought it looked like something at about 1" scale from a far away place. My mind raced as to which house or scene it might fit in. I forked over $10 for it.
I asked the lady at the register if she knew anything about the piece. She stated that it was silver, and had makers marks and that that stand had the logo from the company that the previous owner worked. I asked if she happened to know the company. She said yes, it was on several items around the house. The company was called Facet and manufactured filters.
Since I was on my lunch break, I had to wait until I got home to do some research. I found out that Facet was now called PECOfacet because of a merger. On the PECOfacet website, they have the history of the company including opening offices in Europe in 1982.
The base of the stand was also engraved with "Mayo 1982" Mayo is big name in Tulsa, it was a family who made their fortune during the oil boom of the 1920's - 1930's. One of the families legacy's is the Mayo Hotel built in 1925 which still occupies a prominent place in the Tulsa skyline. I assume this was marking some event at the Mayo Hotel ?
So as I was browsing the Internet, looking for clues, I came across an exact match to my item, although this one was nice and shiny.
I posted the pictures to a silver makers marks website and got some responses that the star indicates that it was made in Spain.
Then I came across this item:
Slight differences to the stand and the chain seems more detailed on this piece.
This one was labeled: Silver Miniature Censer Incense Burner, Spain, Ca 1920. $300
It has the same makers marks as mine.
So I have put my profiling skills to work and come to the conclusion that the object I purchased is from Spain, and must have been some kind of award to an employee back in 1982 to mark the opening of the companies European expansion. The base may be new, the burner may be old.
Now I have to figure out how to polish mine so that it will shine like the ones on the auction websites.