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Nice Vintage Set of Bronze Bookends ~ Henry W. Longfellow ~ K & O Co." (Kronheim & Oldenbusch) 1895-1939 .
This pair has a wonderful patina Inscribed signature of Henry W. Longfellow on front. Condition appropriate for age please see pictures. K & O Metal Novelties Company was in business from 1895 to 1939. They produced colorful and imaginative bookends from gray metal and bronze. They sometimes used celluloid to fashion heads and hands as a substitute for ivory. Use of celluloid in bookends was discontinued in early 1930s when new plastic became popular. Most of their bookends were produced between 1928 and 1935. They produced other novelty items and figurines from 1895 to 1929. K&O’s bookend molds are now owned by Philadelphia Manufacturing.
Backstamp: K & Co in O
Measures 5-1/4” high x 3-3/4” wide x 2-1/4” deep.
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