WORLD GLOBE antique bookends MARION BRONZE, USA

WORLD GLOBE antique bookends MARION BRONZE, USA
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  • Item #: 2708
  • Manufacturer: Marion Bronze

 These are a rare original pair of early electroformed antique bookends featuring a World Globe made by the Marion Bronze Company of Metuchen, NJ.  Circa 1930.  Each bookend stands 5 3/4" tall, 4 7/8" wide, 2 3/8" deep and weighs 2 lbs. 11 oz. (5 lbs. 6 oz. for the pair).  They are in very good original condition with no breaks, touch-ups, or, repairs.  The bookends are a combination of gold/brass tone, depression green, and, red on the ship's flags. These were made by the original Marion Bronze Company owned by Arthur and Marion France.  They never hallmarked their bookends, only paper labels were used.  

These antique bookends were made using the much coveted and highly collectible bronze-clad method of production which utilized electricity via an electrode built into the plaster mold of the subject piece.  There was a lot of preparation work involved.  Bronze was then electro-formed onto the plaster mold.  This was extremely innovative in the early 1900’s.   Unfortunately, it was also very costly for labor and materials.  Some bookends could take as long as three days to be completed.  Almost all of the companies went bankrupt.  However, they created some of the most detailed and sought after bookends we have today.  They're getting quite scarce to find in good condition since they are somewhat fragile. 


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