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  • Item #: 2657
  • Manufacturer: Pompeian Bronze

Extremely rare set of large signed antique bookends featuring a Swashbuckler standing with his sword.  This set was designed and signed by Paul Herzel, manufactured by Pompeian Bronze. Circa 1922.  The swashbuckler is in a jaunty stance with his sword touching the ground at his side.  He is well-dressed in a jacket with a scalloped edged collar, britches, boots, and a dagger in his sash.  A hat and scarf are on his head.  Each bookend stands 9" tall, 3 3/4" wide, 2 1/2" deep and weighs 2 lbs. 5 oz. (4 lbs. 10 oz. for the pair).  They are in very good original antique condition.  The swords have bends, no breaks and some finish loss.  There are no breaks, repairs, or, touch-ups.  Authencity is assured as both are signed Paul Herzel on the base.

These antique bookends were made using the much coveted and highly collectible bronze-clad method of production which utilized electricity via an electrode built into the plaster mold of the subject piece.  There was a lot of preparation work involved.  Bronze was then electro-formed onto the plaster mold.  This was extremely innovative in the early 1900’s.   Unfortunately, it was also very costly for labor and materials.  Some bookends could take as long as three days to be completed.  Almost all of the companies went bankrupt.  However, they created some of the most detailed and sought after bookends we have today.  They're getting quite scarce to find in good condition since they are somewhat fragile. 

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Price $899.00
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