'CHIMP MONKEY' Scopes antique bookends signed HOWE CO. CHICAGO

'CHIMP MONKEY' Scopes antique bookends signed HOWE CO. CHICAGO
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  • Item #: 2202
  • Manufacturer: Howe Foundry, Chicago

Spectacular set of very rare, heavy, original cast iron monkey bookends.  The monkey is reading a book titled Essays On Evolution. Each bookend stands 6 7/8" tall, 3 1/4" wide, 3 1/8" deep and weighs 3 lbs. 5 oz. (6 lbs. 10 oz. for the pair). They are made of cast iron.  A natural verdigris patina formed.   Authenticity is assured as both bookends are signed on the back HOWE FDY CHICAGO PAT. APPLD FOR.  These bookends were designed in response to a 1925 famous legal case referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes.  John Scopes was a high school teacher accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act which made teaching evolution against the law in any state funded school. The trial was staged to attract publicity and it succeeded as national news reporters descended on the town of Dayton, Tennessee to cover it.  A three-time presidential Democratic candidate, William Jennings Bryan argued for the prosecution.  The famous defense attorney Clarence Darrow represented John Scopes.  Scopes was found guilty and fined $100.00 but the verdict was overturned on a technicality.  This case was viewed as a test of the creation vs. evolution controversy which was highly charged at that time.

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