A good book can enrich a mind, spur a life-changing epiphany, or transport a reader to a minutely detailed universe hatched from an author’s imagination. A good pair of bookends can’t promise all that, but they can sure add a lot of character to a room. Bookends are like punctuation marks on a shelf, proclaiming the importance their owners place on the tomes in between.

Many antique and vintage bookends share a key trait—they're heavy, often made of weighty materials such as wrought iron, ceramic, carved stone, or cast metal. Solid bronze bookends are especially popular and collectible, sometimes resembling small, paired pieces of sculpture rather than utilitarian devices to keep books from sliding off a shelf.

Bronze was a favorite material of Art Deco-era artists and designers, who used everything from female nudes to reproductions of Rodin’s “Thinker” for bookends. From the 1920s through the 1950s, a New Jersey company called Marion Bronze, as well as its predecessor, Pompeian Bronze, was famous for its painted bronze bookends.

Of the ceramic bookends, collectible examples include pieces by Roseville and Rookwood in the United States, and Clarice Cliff and PenDelfin in the U.K. The Roseville bookends from the 1930s shaped like open books, with a pine bough and cone propping open the “book,” are particularly prized.

Metal bookends ranged from hammered copper pieces made by Roycroft craftsmen during the Arts and Crafts period to cast brass animal figures. Then there were the stone bookends, which were sometimes paired with metals (bronze and marble was a typical combination in the 1920 and ’30s) or used solo—onyx and alabaster are just two examples of stones favored by artisans from Mexico to Asia.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Google Book Search

Google Book Search

Want to do one quick search and pull up the mother lode of vintage books? Try Google Book Search, a database filled… [read review or visit site]

Bookscans.com

Bookscans.com

Bruce Black's gallery of paperback book covers from the 1940s and 50s. With help from numerous contributors, he's a… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique Early 20thc Arts & Crafts Green Slag Glass & Bronze Bookends, NrRare Antique Bronzed Cast Iron Abraham Lincoln Profile Expandable Bookends NrEarly 20thc Antique Arts & Crafts Green Slag Glass & Brass Expandable BookendAntique Early 20thc Green Slag Glass & Brass Expandable Arts & Crafts BookendFrench Art Deco Cubist Bookends C1930'sArt Deco Marble Book Ends Marble & Bronzed Spelter. Love Birds/parakeets. LovelyAntique C1920s Cast Iron Door Stop Book End Flower Basket Hubley #8 * BlueVintage Pair Rookwood Pottery Rooks Bookends Nr Vintage Pair Rookwood Pottery Panther Bookends Nr Antique Roycroft-stickler Hammered Copper Bookends Signed Original PairSublime Art Deco Figural Parrot Bronze Clad Armor Bronze Bookends C.1920Morph & Chas Bookends - Decorative Items - Stand Approx 6" Tall - VgcNew ~ The Fellowship Of The Ring Collectors Dvd Gift Set Lotr Argonath BookendsVtg Mid Century Ben Seibel Atomic Brass Plated Jack Bookends Brutalist ModernGladys Brown Dodge Horse Head Bookends Vintage 1930's 1940's Metal AntiqueExquisite Art Deco M. Le Verrier BookendDiamond Select Fantastic Four Vs Doctor Dr Doom Bookends Marvel ComicsExcellent Simon Garfunkel Bookends Original Master Recording Udcd 732 Gold Cd"ebbets Field Vintage Authentic Flannels" Wool Throwback Jersey Sz M Whales *15*Vintage Mid-century Modern*ben Seibel For Jenfred Ware Ladder Bookends BrutalestRoycroft Hammered Copper Bookends ** Arts & Craft - Tiffany Studios EraVintage Op Art Lucite Acrylic Sculpture Paperweight Bookends Die Dice PairArt Deco Pixie Reading Book Metal And Marble Bookend J.b. Hirsch GerdagoPair Pompeian Bronze Polychrome Pirate W/ Sword & Gun Bookends Art Deco Early 1900 Arts & Crafts Era "owl On Books" Bookend (1 Only) Roycroft EraGorgeous Vintage Hoya Frosted Crystal Art Glass Lion Head Statue, Prism BookendMid Century Modern Ben Seibel Black And Brass Bookends RareVintage Rail Road "rail" Chrome Bookends...Jla BookendsQuimper Pair Antique Figurines Men Fishing Baskets Gorgeous Bookends 1917-1942 Little Leather Library 29 Books From The 1920s With BookendsPair Art Deco Mcdonald Duk-it Bookends Vtg Catalin Bakelite Wood Brass Mcm2 Blenko Handblown Glass Circular Bookends/doorstops In Clover,stickersMarvel Comics "hulk Vs. Thing" Collectable Bookends Sculpted By Randy BowenGoebel W Germany Washington Franklin Masonic Book Ends Nice! Pair Vintage Bradley & Hubbard Classical Design Book Ends ~ Antique BookendsLord Of The Rings Bookends 2002 Exclusive Dvd Collectible ~ The ArgonathSnap On Socket Book Ends Ssx2698Michael Graves Design Target 5th Anniversary Signed W/ Bookends New PristinePair Of Vintage Solid Heavy Cast Iron Abraham Lincoln Bookends 6 1/4" Art Deco Cast Metal Nude Lady BookendsPompeian Bronze Elephants BookendsEstate Find ~ Vintage Egyptian Style Wood Book Ends Pharaoh & Queen Hand Carved Vintage German Wood Carved Gnome BookendsVintage Brass Bronze Owl Bookends Pm Craftsman Heavy Metal Statues DisplayMortal Kombat Book EndsAbraham Lincoln Door Stop/book EndBeatrix Potter Vintage Rare Charpente "the Beatrix Potter Collection Bookends" Creative Memories Book End 12x12 Christmas Album CollectionPair Bradley Hubbard Book Ends With Quotation By Bryant ThanatopsisGreat Wall Street Item....bull And Bear Book EndsElegant Male Nude Diver Yoga Praying Man Bookend Bronze Marble Statue SculptureJack Skellington And Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton Bookends ResinAntique Vintage Pair Of 7" Chinese Carved Soapstone Foo Dogs BookendsVintage George Washington 6" Cast Iron With Bronze BookendsBronze Ram Bookends 1974 Scc*Athletic Nude Male Figure Bookends Granite/metal Stretching Figures Yoga PoseVintage Brass Sailboat Book Ends Door Stop Nautical Decor 1931 Nuart Nyc Antique Elephant Bookends Bronze PatinaIron Jacks, Jax, Bookends, Door Stop, Paperweight, Vintage ?-very Cool