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Perhaps in days of yore booksellers purveyed their wares by means of mobile carts, or perhaps this set of bookends depicts a flea-market setting in which the bookseller has his books collected in a cart. This Syroco wood set is very rare, and in excellent condition.
Name: Old Time Library
Maker: Syroco (Syracuse Ornamental Corporation)
Date: ca 1930
Material: Syroco Wood
LKCD#: (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
Syroco, Inc. Company Description:.
The Syracuse Ornamental Corporation currently is housed at 7528 State Fair Boulevard, Baldwinsville, New York 13027 (315-635-9911 ext. 2242). The company had its origins in 1890. A group of European craftsmen soon were in great demand as a result of the hand-carved fashion pieces they provided for fine homes and institutions, including the governor's mansion in Albany. In an effort to make such styles available on a wider scale, a technique was developed of molding reproductions by compressing a mixture of waxes, wood flour, and resin. This type of product was used primarily to provide carving details to furniture. After World War II, Syroco developed a line of home decorative accessories, including many bookends. Syroco bookends most often have a support plate attached to the resin figure, with natural wood hue the most common finish, although pieces are also available in a variety of colors. The company's historical records were lost in a recent fire, preventing greater insight into the company's history.
For more information see:
Kuritzky, Louis, and Charles De Costa. Collector's Encyclopedia of Bookends: Identification & Values. Paducah, KY: Collector, 2006.