'ELEPHANT ON ROCKS' antique bookends LOUIS ARONSON RONSON

'ELEPHANT ON ROCKS' antique bookends LOUIS ARONSON RONSON
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  • Item #: 2710
  • Manufacturer: Ronson

Old, rare original pair of antique art deco bookends featuring elephants standing on rocky terrain. This set was made by Louis Aronson (Ronson).  Circa 1925. The elephants have their trucks to one side with tusks intact. The bases are made to look like a rocky terrain with one end of the base flat to hold the books. Each bookend stands 5 1/4" tall, 5 3/8" long, 5" wide and weighs 3 lbs. 1 oz. (6 lbs. 2 oz. for the pair). They are in very good original condition.  The finish is in a rare richly toned bronze copper finish that is original. They have no breaks, touch-ups, or, repairs.  

When collector's hear the name Ronson they generally think of the famous lighter company, however, Louis Aronson, the originator of the Ronson name also produced some of the finest art metal products of his time, and, some of the most collectible we have today.  Louis Vincent Aronson (1869-1940) was born in New York City, son of Prussian immigrant parents.  He was a brilliant student who graduated from public school at the age of 12 and entered a technical school specializing in metallurgy, practical metal working and mechanical drawing. As a young man he set up a laboratory in his parent's basement and developed plating processes among other things. He graduated as a qualified, expert metallurgist, draftsman and designer at the age of 15.  By the time he was 16 he sold the patent rights to one of the plating processes he developed giving him the money to start his own company called Art Metal Works in New York City.  Over the years he developed a number of patents and inventions for lighters including important safety features, children's toys, metal finishes.  Later in life he ventured into politics and banking.  During his lifetime he dedicated much of his time and money to causes that benefited the under-privileged and especially children.  His bookends produced varied widely in subject but many had similarities in design and finishes.  All are highly collectible.

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