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February 1, 2017

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The Factory — Texas, from the Swedish brass manufacturer Skutuna. / Courtesy Skultuna 1607.

WONDERING WHAT to get former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to congratulate him on his confirmation as

Skultuna’s own forge facilities from the 19th century. / Courtesy Skultuna 1607.

Secretary of State? Skultuna 1607, a Swedish metal-casting firm that’s been manufacturing for more than 400 years, has just the thing.

Skultuna’s brass tea light holder, “The Factory — Texas,” is evocative without being cheesy (we think).
Made of etched brass, The Factory was designed last year, presumably before Trump-Tillerson was in play. The company says it was inspired by the iconographic American oil drilling industries in the latter half of the 20th century.

Skultuna’s Coaster Basso, for champagne and wine bottles. / Courtesy Skultuna 1607.

The price is not at “billionaire bling” level. The Factory, which stands about 4 inches tall, costs $80 on the Skultuna website.

And if one just doesn’t seem like enough, there’s also “The Factory — Skultuna,” a companion tea light holder, also $80, inspired by the foundry itself. (As the company explains, the old factory buildings at the foundry in Skultuna, the source of the company’s name, were devastated by fire many times. The buildings were originally built in the early 17th century. The present factory was rebuilt after a great fire in the late 19th century.)
For an additional $115, you could throw in Skultana’s ingenious (and arguably totally unnecessary) “Coaster Basso,” a polished brass self-centering coaster for champagne and wine bottles. (The underside is covered in felt to protect the furniture.)
—Nancy McKeon
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