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What you should know about our vintage and antique bookends.

All our items have a history; they have been previously owned, which is part of their unique charm. They have normal signs of age and use and most collectors believe that, too, adds to their allure. We describe and show items as thoroughly as possible. All weights are for the pair. All items are subject to prior sale. Enjoy browsing our outstanding collection of rare treasures.

 

#1010 Lion of Lucerne

Price: $195.00

Extraordinary pair of bronze coated bookends portraying the world-famous Swiss monument to courage: The Lion of Lucerne. The Latin inscription above the dying lion says: "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss." Mark Twain is reported to have described the original sculpture carved into the sandstone above the city as "The saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world." The bookends have a gold-toned bronze finish over gray metal and are marked MPc 413B. We believe these were made circa 1890 by a foundry later bought by the well-known Jennings Brothers. Dimensions:
4" w x 2-1/2" d x 4-1/2" h
Weight: 4-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Beautiful patina; very good vintage condition. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1069 Crouching Tiger

Price: $295.00

The absolute essence of the stealthy tiger on the hunt is vividly portrayed in this extremely rare set of bronze-finished cast iron bookends from the respected Connecticut Foundry. Each is impressed with the foundry mark, the date, 1930, and the title of the piece. Dimensions:
5-1/2" w x 2" d x 5-1/2" h
Weight: 5 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition with only wear appropriate to their age.
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#1073 Two Lions

Price: $195.00

In this strikingly beautiful portrait of animal royalty, two lions are at ease but alert on the African plains. Produced by an unknown maker, circa 1926, this relatively rare pair is done in cast iron with a bronze coating and finished with hand-applied polychrome. This set is an inspired artistic achievement. Dimensions:
5-1/2" w x 2-1/4" d x 4-1/4" h
Weight: 3-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with wear appropriate to their age. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1090 Stretching Cat

Price: $225.00 SOLD

Your books are definitely safe with these two stunningly powerful felines holding them at either end. Although unmarked, these are believed to be from the renowned Art Colony Industries, circa 1932. Dimensions:
2-1/2" w x 5-3/4" d x 8" h
Weight: 9 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with wear appropriate to their age.
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#1091 Black Cat

Price: $125.00

The classic lines of the feline essence are captured in the fully sculpted bodies of this pair produced in enameled gray metal from an unknown foundry. Dimensions:
" w x 5-3/4" d x 6-3/4" h
Weight: 4-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
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#1110 Geometric Cat

Price: $195.00

This most strikingly bold depiction of the cat is a pure representation of the Art Deco style with its strong geometry and majestic countenance. The set, from an unknown foundry, circa 1935, is made of gray metal with a bronze coating and sports a superb, glowing luster. Dimensions:
3" w x 2-3/4" d x 8" h
Weight: 2-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition with wear appropriate to their age. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1112 Crouching Lion

Price: $295.00

Power, determination and stealth, the characteristics of a lion on the prowl, are all evident in this marvelous portrayal of the king of beasts from the renowned Connecticut Foundry, circa 1930. This rare set is a companion piece to the Crouching Tiger set of the same vintage, and also is made of bronze- finished cast iron with the foundry mark, date and title inscribed on the rear. Dimensions:
5-1/2" w x 2" d x 5-1/2" h
Weight: 5-1/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition with wear appropriate to their age. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1147 Mountain Lion

Price: $175.00

The skillful prowess and determination of the mountain lion on the hunt is evident in this powerful pair of bookends from the estate of a noted archaeologist. Fashioned from gray metal with a golden-bronze finish, the pair is from an unknown foundry. Dimensions:
6-3/4" w x 3" d x 4-1/2" h
Weight: 4-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition. Felt on bases replaced.
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