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The owl has long been a symbol of knowledge. Placed here with books and perhaps a ‘lamp of knowledge’ the metaphor is complete. Excellent condition. This pair also was made by Judd company as individual bookends rather than the book rack (expandable) you see here. Expandable a little over a foot in length, stretches almost twice as long.
Judd Company Description
Morton Judd began a small machine shop and foundry in New Britain, Connecticut, in 1917, developed the M. Judd and Sons Company in 1830, and was eventually joined by all three of his sons in 1855. In the 1850s there was also a factory in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1870, H.L. Judd (one of Morton's sons) took over the company and the name was changed to H.L. Judd. Growth of the company resulted in a larger, more modern factory located in Brooklyn, New York, in 1875. Unfortunately, in 1884 a fire destroyed the factory. A new home was established in 1885 in Wallingford, Connecticut, as the permanent homes of the new factory, administrative and sales offices remaining in New York City. The Company also established branches at Boston and Chicago, carrying stock in both places for the convenience of these sections. H.L. Judd Company was acquired by Stanley Works in 1954, and became the Stanley-Judd Division, still located in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Judd pieces are some of the highest quality iron pieces seen, with great attention to detail, enduring and interesting painting techniques, and durable tow-piece construction in many cases. In addition to bookends, the company also made brass beds, inkwells, and fishing lures.
For more information see:
H.L. Judd Company, Inc. Catalog of Drapery Hardware: Curtain Poles, Shade Hardware, Carpet Hardware, Picture Hardware. Vol. 68. New York: H.L. Judd, 1926.
Kuritzky, Louis, and Charles De Costa. Collector's Encyclopedia of Bookends: Identification & Values. Paducah, KY: Collector, 2006.
Name: Owl & Books
Maker: Attr. Judd
Date: ca 1924
Markings: Shopmark; 9777
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