Back-to-School - Part VII


Bradley & Hubbard Cast Iron "Science & Study" Heavy Bookends (LEO Design)


The school bell has rung!  Pupils to their desks!  While college freshmen may have encountered wistful parental partings, grade school returnees likely perceived their parents breathing a muted sigh of relief.  Such is the annual tide of school-going: students flow in and out of their institutions with seasonal regularity.  Like water, the droplets are always changing though the tides themselves remain regulated.  Over the next several days, LEO Design would like to share some interesting Back-to-School offerings—ideas to help organize, cheer and distract as students push-on through their matriculations.

While these sleepy Medieval Scholars might channel the soporific mood of late night study sessions, don't worry, it's not contagious!  And we really should cut these monks a little slack; they've been trying to stay awake for 100 years.  "Science" and "Study" personify the themes of age-old academia.  They are sculpted in bas relief fashion upon the faces of these heavy, cast iron bookends from the Twenties.  The monks, themselves, are dressed in a golden bronze finish.  The body of the bookend itself is finished with a classic, chocolate brown bronze patina.  They were made by Bradley & Hubbard (Meriden, Connecticut) the metals foundry which made so many handsome objects for Middle Class homes of the Victorian and Edwardian Ages.  Click on the photo above to learn more about these handsome (and heavy) bookends.

More Back-to-School ideas tomorrow and in the days to come.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248