'ASIAN CHILDREN' antique metal bookends RONSON Louis Aronson

'ASIAN CHILDREN' antique metal bookends RONSON Louis Aronson
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  • Item #: 2636
  • Manufacturer: Ronson

Darling set of antique bookends featuring Asian children made by Ronson Company (Louis Aronson).  Circa 1925.This old, original set of antique bookends features two complementary figures.  One is an Asian child kneeling looking over the book shaped backplate with his head resting in his hands and elbows on the book.  He looks to be day dreaming.  The other bookend has a child sitting with knees bent studiously reading a book.  Both bookends have their bases and backplates in the   The boy measures 5 1/2" tall, the girl 4 1/4" tall, both measure 3 3/4" long, 2 5/8" wide and weigh 2 lbs.2 oz.(4 lbs. 4 oz. for the pair).  They are in very good original condition with no breaks, touch-ups, or, repairs. They have minor finish loss. The figures are in the Ronson 'Old Gold' finish which is a beautiful warm, soft gold tone, the book pages are also in the 'Old Gold'.  The books which are the bases and backplates are in the Ronson 'Royal Bronze' finish which is a black with a verdigris finish.  Authenticity is assured as there is an original paper label on the bottom felt of one. Both still have their original felt.

Often times when people hear the name Ronson they think of the famous lighter company, however, Louis Aronson, the originator of the Ronson name 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.  The bookends he produced varied widely in subject but many had similarities in design and finishes. His finishes have proven the test of time in durability.  All of the Ronson products are highly collectible.

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