'SEAL SITTING UP' antique bookends RONSON Louis Aronson

'SEAL SITTING UP' antique bookends RONSON Louis Aronson
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  • Item #: 2448
  • Manufacturer: Ronson

Spectacular set of large, heavy art deco antique bookends featuring a seal sitting up with it's fins out flat to hold the books. Circa 1930. These are by Louis Aronson the owner/founder of Ronson Metal Arts.  Each bookend stands 8" tall, 4 1/8" long, 4 1/8" wide and weighs 3 lbs. (6 lbs. for the pair).  They are made of metal with a silver shiny finish on the chest and stomach of the seal and a charcoal gray finish on the back.  Nicely done.  They are in very good condition with no cracks or repairs.  They do have some minor finish loss and scratches.  

When some 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 day, 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 techical 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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