An antique hand carved soapstone bud vase from 1937. This is a souvenir or remembrance of the Great Lakes Exposition as noted by an etched message on the back of this historic piece. According to Wikipedia, the Great Lakes Exposition (also known as the World Fair of 1936) was held in Cleveland, Ohio, in the summers of 1936 and 1937, along the Lake Erie shore. The fair commemorated the centennial of Cleveland's incorporation as a city. Conceived as a way to energize a city hit hard by the Great Depression, it highlighted the progress that had been achieved in the Great Lakes region in the last 100 years and indicated the path for future progress. Covering over 135 acres of Cleveland's lakefront, it featured numerous attractions: rides, sideshows, botanical gardens, cafes, art galleries, and much more. Similar to the Chicago World's Fair, the exposition also wanted to expose visitors to other countries' cultures, celebrate American industry, and promote local businesses. The exposition drew 4 million visitors in its first season, and 7 million by the end of its second and final season in September 1937.
This collectible piece is a twin bud vase and has a pair of rounded oval sections carved next to each other to hold two sets of flowers. The double vase is a multi colored taupe and brown mottled color with streaks through it. The center piece between the two vase sections features what looks like a cluster of cherries with some leaves. The front also has some faint etched detail on the front of each of the vase sections.
The back (on one side) has an etched dedication message that says “To Mary from Rose Aug 1937” and on the other side it says "Great Lakes Exposition".
The back is plain other than the faintly etched messages. The base is a carved oval shape with some decorative openwork.
The design and shape are typical of antique soapstone carved vases during this period of time - they were usually done with an Asian motif.
Measures 3" high and is about 5" wide at the widest point. This double vase is about 1 3/4" deep.
In nice antique/vintage condition with no chips or cracks. Wear commensurate with age.
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