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These very cute bookends depict a young boy embarking on a fishing trip with his little dog. Detail to the casting is excellent. Curiously, the company shopmark inscription on this pair is inscribed upside down on the revere side of both of the bookends!
While it is clear that the makers were Verona foundry, we have been unable to confirm where Verona foundry is located. The city of Verona is found in dozens of US States (as well as Italy, of course), and although it is tempting to assert that—for instance—the Verona foundry near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is responsible for casting these, this remains to be determined.
Verona produced works typified by enduring ‘copper flashing’: copper-containing finish added to iron to give a glossy bronze appearance.
Name: Going Fishing
Date: ca 1925
Markings: Shopmark 695
LKCD#: 619 (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