Today's Bookends - part I

Thirties English Brass Spaniels Bookends (LEO Design)

For the past two days, we've been looking at the precursors of the modern bookend—specifically, book racks or "slides" designed to hold a small collection upon a desk, table or shelf.  In the Twentieth Century, with the expansion of the Middle Class (with its new-found wealth and significant disposable income), books were found in more and more homes.  This was a great time for the publishing business—and a great time for the foundries which made bookends!  The 1920's and 1930's, the period between the Wars, is sometimes called "The Golden Age of Bookends."

We have a large collection of bookends made during this Golden Age.  Shown above, a pair of English brass bookends from the 1930's.  A pair of spaniels stands guard on each bookend—loyally holding-up your precious tomes.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.

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