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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.

 

#1003 "Bar Mitzvah"

Price: $75.00

What a joyous pair of multi-colored enameled brass bookends depicting a young man celebrating his Bar Mitzvah and surrounded by the symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel. Dimensions:
4-1/4" w x 4-1/4" d x 6" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent condition with only slight signs of use.
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#1005 "Wailing Wall"

Price: $75.00 SOLD

This touching brass rendition of four devotees praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem was made in Israel, circa1960. Dimensions:
4" w x 3-1/4" d x 5" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.

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#1014 King David & King Solomon

Price: $250.00

This duo of bronze masterpieces made in Israel by the eminent Nordia Company portrays the two most famous Hebrew kings, David and Solomon. Clearly signed and dated to the early 1950s by the Israeli tax stamps and serial numbers they each bear, this rare set folds on hinges and displays perfect verdigris patination. Dimensions:
3-1/4" w x 4-1/2" d x 4-1/4" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Exceptional.
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#1017 Ten Commandments - Tablets

Price: $125.00 SOLD

This stunning pair of Israeli-made bronze bookends each is crowned by the Star of David and displays the Ten Commandments in Hebrew mounted on a pedestal featuring twin Lions of Judah. Each is marked "Made in Israel," believed to be circa 1950s, and both have an exceptional verdigris patina. Dimensions:
3-1/4" w x 3-3/4" d x 4-1/2" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
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#1025 Israeli Deco Zodiac

Price: $150.00 SOLD

The signs of the zodiac are executed in neat Art Deco bronze relief style with an elegant verdigris patina on these bookends, believed to be circa 1960. Each is stamped "Israel." Dimensions:
3-1/4" w x 3-1/4" d x 5-3/4" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
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#1029 Ahada Menora

Price: $95.00

This elegantly simple, yet striking design features a luminous menorah in heavy-weight brass. Each piece is stamped "Made in Israel by Ahada." Dimensions:
4" w x 3-1/2" d x 5-3/4" h
Weight: 1-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1058 Israeli Pioneer & Rabbi

Price: $425.00 SOLD

This important solid bronze set of bookends is extremely rare (perhaps one of a kind) and portrays an old rabbi-scribe at work on one unit and a kibbutz worker in the foreground with other workers in the background on the other unit. Each piece bears the Hebrew "Yisroael" and features a wonderful verdigris patina. Dimensions:
3-1/2" w x 6" d x 3-1/2"
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with wear appropriate to their age.
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#1076 Bar Mitzvah & 5 Books

Price: $125.00

This is a highly unusual set of vintage Israeli-made bookends and the Five Books of Moses (the Hebrew Bible), circa 1965, the one made especially for the other. The bookends are brass with a brilliant polychrome finish and are stamped Made in Israel by Ahada. The books, published by Sinai Publishing and printed in Israel by Blumenthal's Printing Press, each contain the Bible text in Hebrew and English, and in a concluding section, the Haftorah pertaining to that Bible text. Dimensions:
5-3/4" w x 53/4" d x 5-1/2" h
Weight: 2-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition with only wear appropriate to their age.
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#1079 Blowing the Shofar

Price: $125.00 SOLD

The brilliant color of the enameled tile is stunningly luminous against the subdued verdigris patina of these bronze pieces made in Israel by Dayagi. Dimensions:
3-1/2" w x 2-1/" d x 5" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with some surface wear that only enhances their charm.
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#1095 12 Tribes/Israel Map

Price: $250.00 SOLD

These hand-crafted in Israel solid bronze bookends portray the symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel on one bookend and, as the Hebrew caption below indicates, "Eretz Yisroel" (the land of Israel) on the other. This set is believed to be circa 1950s. Dimensions:
4-1/4" w x 5" d x 6-1/4" h
Weight: 3-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
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#1096 Israeli Lute

Price: $95.00 SOLD

The clean, unencumbered design of this appealing set of bookends featuring a bronze lute on an enameled verdigris background evokes the pleasant feeling of plain and simple musical pleasures. Each is piece is inscribed "Made in Israel by Dayagi." Dimensions:
4" w x 4-1/2" d x 6" h
Weight: 2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
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#1101 Ten Commandments - Ark

Price: $395.00

Here is a truly majestic presentation of the Ten Commandments in Hebrew seemingly carved from the rocks of Mount Sinai as interpreted by one of the major figures in early 20th century metalworking art: Louis V. Aronson. This stunning pair of rare bookends, each capped by the Star of David, is fashioned from gray metal with a glorious bronze finish. Each is marked on the rear "LV Aronson 1922." Dimensions:
3-1/2" w x 4" d x 4"h
Weight: 2-3/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with only minor surface wear that does not detract from the overall appearance.
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#1131 Bas Mitzvah

Price: $95.00

This solid brass and enameled set portrays a young girl celebrating her Bas Mitzvah surrounded by shields representing the 12 tribes of Israel. One piece has a brass plate inscribed "Mazel Tov on your Bas Mitzvah." The plate on the other is left blank for personalization. Both are marked "Made in Israel," are signed Dayagi, and date from the 1950s. Dimensions:
3-1/2" w x 3-1/2" d x 5-1/4" h
Weight: 1-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Good vintage condition with gold finish missing on the back of one base plate. Felt on bases replaced.
Bas Mitzvah
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