'CIVIL WAR WOMAN' antique cast iron bookends LITTLESTOWN, PA,USA

'CIVIL WAR WOMAN' antique cast iron bookends LITTLESTOWN, PA,USA
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  • Item #: 2650
  • Manufacturer: Littlestown Hardware & Foundry LITTCO

Delightful pair of 1920's bookends featuring a woman formally dressed in 1860's attire with a hoopskirt and bonnet.  These were made of cast iron by Littlestown Hardware and Foundry, Littlestown, PA. known as LITTCO.  The bookends are delighful and nicely detailed.  She's holding a purse by the strap, her elbows appear to be resting on the layers of swagged skirt fabric. Each bookend stands 7" tall, 4 1/4" wide, 2" deep and weighs 2 lbs. 11 oz. (5 lbs. 6 oz. for the pair).  They are in very good original condition.  These are made of cast iron with a brass plating.  They could easily be used as doorstops without damage.

Littlestown Hardware and Foundry, Littlestown, PA produced a variety of decorative metal arts products made from gray iron from about 1920 to 1932.  It is important to note that these were produced between the wars as the iron was too valuable and necessary to make art products and instead was solely dedicated to the war effort.  They had almost 50 different bookend designs in their catalog.  The majority were plated cast iron although a few had paint.  

LITTCO never marked their metal arts products with a permanent shopmark or hallmark.  The bookends all had paper labels generally placed on the bottom protective felt or bottom metal depending on the configuration of the base.  

This is the case with a great many of the decorative art metal manufacturers that made bookends and other metal arts particularly using iron.  This is one major reason why the material is one of the greatest indicators in determining the age of bookends and other metal arts objects.  By the 1930’s with the Great Depression devastating the country most of the major production of bookends had ended.  A few lingered into the 40’s but basically the manufacturing was over.  

Today, there are reproductions of cast iron bookends produced primarily in China.  Littco designs are often duplicated with most painted as the iron is so inferior that it can easily rust.  The feel of these are much rougher than the originals that have a soft smooth feel to the cast iron.




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