This piece definitely shows the fantastic workmanship of the Smith Metal Art company. The satin bronze finish of the bookend has a little wear and a few small scratches to the original finish but would definitely be an eye catcher. Please see photos for condition. The heavy weighted piece has an applied medallion with a standing horse motif, reflecting Art Deco design of the era. The bookend is weighted with an oak block inside.
The American Arts & Crafts Movement flourished briefly but brilliantly during the early years of the twentieth century. It was during this era that the Heintz Art Metal Shop and its successor the Smith Metal Art Company (Silver Crest) produced decorative bronze wares of the highest quality. After the death of Otto L Heintz on January 10, 1918, the head salesman Fred C. Smith left the firm in 1919, taking with him many of the veteran metalworkers. Together they founded the Smith Metal Arts Company, in Buffalo, New York. Silver Crest was a famous American maker of luxury executive desk accessories.
Backstamp: SilverCrest Genuine Bronze 329-EE
Measures: 5 " L x 2 1/2" W x 4' H
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