“Little Jack Horner” is a poem likely well known to most adults that grow up in the United States and England, as it originated from English oral tradition during the 18th century. As per the poem, Little Jack is depicted sitting in the corner. This nicely cast pair has markings that are atypical for Connecticut Foundry: the numbers #937 and #1 are inscribed in addition to the usual shopmark of the company (a “C” within a triangle, within a circle). This particular set is one of the most rare of Connecticut Foundry castings.
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"Little Jack Horner." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Sept. 2015. Web. 05 Oct. 2015.
Connecticut Foundry Company Description
Connecticut Foundry is believed to have manufactured solely in iron. A few examples of Connecticut Foundry items have been seen in bronze. However, the detail on these bronze examples is not pristine; there are substantial signs of wear on the otherwise pristine sets like "The Aviator," suggesting that someone performed bronze castings from a worn iron original, but the exact timing of this endeavor is unclear. Also, Connecticut Foundry bookends were almost exclusively made in simple patinated iron finish. Nonetheless, several examples of polychrome painted pairs have been discovered, including "The Last Trail," "Profanity," "The Storm," and "Yankee Clipper."
Connecticut Foundry was originally located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Most of their pairs are dated. The foundry mark of Connecticut Foundry is a C within a triangle, within a circle, which is often mistaken for a copyright symbol, despite the fact that most Connecticut Foundry pieces are also clearly marked COPR or Copyright. Connecticut Foundry was only known to make ‘L’ shaped bookends (nothing figural).
For more information see:
Kuritzky, Louis, and Charles De Costa. Collector's Encyclopedia of Bookends: Identification & Values.: Collector Books, Inc, Paducah, KY 2006
Name: Little Jack Horner
Maker: Connecticut Foundry
Date: ca 1930
Markings: Shopmark COPR 1930, Little Jack Horner #937 (bottom L) #1 (top center)
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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