This is a beautiful pair of vintage bookends in the form of sweet Scottie dogs.
Both are made of substantial bronze-clad plaster and boast a wonderful amount of detail.
Bookends like these are often electroplated in a process called bronze-cladding. This was a meticulous and lengthy process.
The plaster cast was coated in a layer of hot wax to seal the surface, and then sprayed with a coat of electrically conductive material like graphite.
The mold was then attached to a cathode and suspended in the plating solution tank; it could take up to three days for the plating to be completely finished.
A tell-tale identifier of bronze-clad pieces is often an indentation on the underside of the casting.
One of the Scotties we're offering here has a slight indentation while the other exhibits a tiny piece of cathode wire still attached on the underside (though it is barely visible).
Each of these little doggies has a beautiful, dark patina while some light verdigris has worked its way into the deeper detail, giving the bookends a wonderful richness and depth.
There are several felt pads on the underside of both bookends, and one has the remains of green felt on his hind leg.
There are some other spots of age and wear, though the bookends remain in good vintage condition.
Measurements: 5 ¾" tall, 7 ½" long (from nose to tail), 3 ½" wide Each weighs approximately 2 lbs., 3 oz. Total weight: Approx. 4 lbs., 6 oz.