This vintage pair of bookends remind me of the ships that were used by Ferdinand Magellan. They even have a cross embossed on the sail similar to the crosses that are often depicted on the sails of the Trinidad. These are made of cast iron with a hollowed back and they are subtly painted. They have a nice appearance even though they are slightly crudely made. They are both stamped "A 69" on the back. One has remnants of an original paper label on the bottom but there is not enough left to make out the manufacturer. This are nice accent pieces for decorating a den.
They measure about 4 ¼" tall and the base measures about 4 ¾" wide by 2" deep. They are in fairly good original condition with some paint loss. It does not appear that they were painted very well to begin with so the texture of the metal shows through the paint, especially on the white of the sails. They have no felt on the bottoms but I don't think they did originally.
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