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Posted 2 years ago


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Well, after a hiatus, we went out today. I picked these up at one of my regular shops. The dealer told me he brought them up from Florida. They're metal, with a felt applied to the base. The paint is a bit rough, especially on the one on the right, but I couldn't resist the deco style. A quick Google search didn't turn up any similar, so if any of you knowledgeable folk hve any ideas, please let me know!

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Well hello Upstate! How are you?
    These are divine!
  2. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 2 years ago
    Pretty good, Amber. it felt good to get out there tody, even though it was colder thn heck nd windy to boot. How are you doing? Is it getting any wrmer where yoy are?
  3. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 2 years ago
    Hi upstate, I have the same bookend (except only one), I also have the same figure mounted on a ashtray base. Mine both have a patent #84856 on the back of the pedestal. I ran a patent search and didn't find anything. I am guessing these were made by a small foundry copying the style of Frankart and Nuart. My bookend is made of Pot Metal, or White Metal, which most of these figures were made of. My ashtray stand is made of cast iron, which is unusual. They date to the 1930's. What a great find.
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I have seen a similar pair recently but only because I submit to an auction search of bookends, these are very nice.
  5. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 2 years ago
    Thanks rocker and Phil. These are also pot metal phil. I don't see any marks on these at all, but they are cool!
  6. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Nope cold as heck here in Chicago. Glad your back!
  7. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 2 years ago
    Thanks Bellin68. And Amber, been cold here too. I'm so over winter. I want to get out there searching again. BTW, if you watch Market Warriors on PBS, they just showed one from Greenwich, NY, the Washington County Fairgrounds. They have shows there a couple of time a year. I recorded it, but haven't seen it yet.
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I think most bookends were made by the J.B. Hirsch company and they became famous I believe for finding so many of the molds for the statues out of 19th C. Paris, which a lot of them they had to dig up ! This looks a lot like the Frankart piece I used to have, so it is very likely Hirsch had some of their molds also. Such a big output from the 40's - 50's especially. Some thought to be made since the 1920's. Collectors Books out of Kentucky publish some of the best bookend books. The prices have remained steady since prob 1990, due to the market. Phil.
  9. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 2 years ago
    Nope, eye4, I missed that one. And thanks for the info, Phil!

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