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Monk (K & O) is one of the larger bookends produced by the company and quite heavy. The detail is excellent, and the two-tone bronze finish highlights the fine detail. Excellent condition with no damage or cracks, and paint in excellent condition.
K & O Company Description:
The K & O Company, which stood for Kronheimer & Oldenbusch who were two of the three founders of the company, was founded in 1885 and was based in Brooklyn, New York, with an office in New York City and known for producing souvenirs such as compacts with distinctive shield marks.K & O also had an office in BethPage, Long Island (New York) In an article by Gayle Turim, "K & O Compacts," which gives a brief description of K & O and some of the company's products, it was noted that K & O made "high-quality non-souvenir items including bookends, statues, and desk sets." K & O heaviest production of the souvenir compacts was most likely during the 1920s and 30s, before the company closed in 1942.
K & O molds were purchased by Philadelphia Manufacturing Company, which still produces items from the original K & O molds. K & O products often show very detailed polychrome paint, with good durability. Bookends were typically produced in bronze tone or polychrome finish, two-tone metallic finishes have also been seen (bronze and silver patination on the same bookend); all items—as far as we know—were produced in grey metal (AKA white metal, spelter, pot metal). The range of depictions selected by K & O sculptors includes animals, novelty animals (dogs playing instruments like the piano or guitar), nudes, buildings, etc.
For more information see:
Turim, Gayle. "K & O Compacts." Powder Puff 12.2 (1999): 3.
Maker: K & O
Date: ca 1926
Material: Gray Metal
LKCD#: 2125 (LKCD# refers to the Plate# of this set in Collectors Encyclopedia of Bookends)
Rarity ratings are as per Collectors Encyclopedia of Bookends, Kuritzky L and De Costa C, Collector Books, (Publishers) 2006
1-2 VERY COMMON: Consistently available online or in antique malls at all times
3 COMMON Available with regularity, typically seen several times each week online; found with ease in malls or shows
4 UNCOMMON:In online sales, may be seen as often as several times per month. Sporadically found at shows or shops
5 RARE: In online sales, seen only a few times per year. Seen at shows and antiques shops rarely
5* SINGULAR: The pair has only been seen once by the authors