'PIRATE POSED' bookends signed Paul Herzel Pompeian Bronze 1922

'PIRATE POSED' bookends signed Paul Herzel Pompeian Bronze 1922
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  • Item #: 2656
  • Manufacturer: Pompeian Bronze

This is the large, early original set of a Pirate fully armed antique bookends designed and signed by artist Paul Herzel, manufactured by the Pompeian Bronze Company. Circa 1922.  This set features a pirate standing with one foot planted a a coil of rope, hand resting on his sword, wearing a torn and tattered shirt, boots, britches and a waist sash. On the front of the waist sash is a dagger and pistol.  Fully armed.  Each bookends stands almost 10" tall with a 3 3/4" square base and weighs 3 pounds (6 lbs. for the pair).  Both are signed by artist Paul Herzel. This design was done in different sizes, this is the tallest we've ever seen.  They are in very good original antique condition with some finish loss and staining.  There are no breaks, repairs, or, touch-ups.  These were made using the much coveted bronze-clad process which utilized electricity via an electrode built into the plaster mold of the subject piece. Bronze was then electroformed onto the plaster mold. This was extremely innovative in the 1920's. Unfortunately, it was also very costly for labor and materials. Some bookends could take as long as three days to be completed. They created some of the most detailed and sought after bookends we have today. Today these bookends are among the most collectible on the market. They're getting quite scarce to find in good condition since they are somewhat fragile. The few companies that used this process all went bankrupt.

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Price $450.00
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