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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.

 

#1004 "Stratford on Avon"

Price: $125.00 SOLD

This is a delightful, vintage cast iron pair of bookends showing Shakespeare's home and inscribed "Stratford on Avon." They are from an unknown foundry and are believed to be circa 1920s. Dimensions:
5-1/2" w x 2" d x 4-1/2" h
Weight: 5-1/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with only wear as appropriate to age.

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#1048 Shakespeare Seated

Price: $350.00

Rare, substantial and important, this depiction of the Bard at work bears not only the imprint of the artist, C.S. Allen, but the original paper label of the esteemed Armor Bronze foundry. This set is the highly-prized bronze-clad polychrome version, circa 1926 with much of the original color faded but highly visible. Dimensions:
5-3/4" w x 4-1/4" d x 8" h
Weight: 6-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition with age-appropriate wear.
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#1080 Shakespeare Bust

Price: $275.00 SOLD

In this exceptional tribute to "The Bard" in bronze-clad gray metal from the distinguished Pompeian Bronze foundry, circa 1925, Shakespeare's bust is complemented by an art deco bas relief frieze above his head which still retains some the original polychrome finish. One of these substantial pieces has the original foundry label in place. Dimensions:
4-1/2" w x 3-1/4" d x 6-7/8" h
Weight: 8-1/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with only some loss of color appropriate for its age.
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#1103 Shakespeare Profile Bust

Price: $225.00 SOLD

This classic sculptural rendition of the heroic bust as bookend bears the Bard's name on the base and is made of cast iron with a lustrous bronze surface finish. Although the foundry is unknown, the pair is believed to be circa 1930s. Dimensions:
4" w x 1-7/8" d x 6" h
Weight: 3-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Very good vintage condition with only minor surface wear. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1122 Shakespeare Bust

Price: $250.00

The elegant portrait of the Bard of Avon on each of these pieces is executed in striking bas relief and presents a glowing contrast to the dark background. The set is fashioned from cast iron with a bronze finish. Some have attributed this set to Bradley & Hubbard but since neither piece has a maker's mark, we cannot agree. Nevertheless, the workmanship and detail is superior. Dimensions:
5" w x 2-1/2" d x 6"h
Weight: 6-1/2 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition. Felt on bases replaced.
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#1126 Shakespeare & His Works

Price: $200.00

This wonderfully detailed bust of William Shakespeare situated in front of the footlights of the theater, pen in hand with manuscript pages strewn about, was produced circa 1930s by the masterful Jennings Bros. foundry. This highly prized set in cast gray metal with a resplendent bronze finish features, on the rear, a partial list of the Bard's works as well as the maker's mark, "JB 2303." Dimensions:
3-1/2" w x 1-3/4" d x 4-1/4" h
Weight: 2-1/4 lbs.

Condition Comment:
Excellent vintage condition.
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