These extraordinary cast-iron books ends from the 1920's are an excellent example of the Judd Company of Connecticut's beautiful craftsmanship and style.
Founded in 1833, as a harness manufacturer, it would not be until the early 1900's that Judd Co. would begin to produce fine quality castings in brass, bronze, and iron.
Featuring a patently Egyptian theme, each bookend depicts a vibrantly colored camel with a highly detailed, regal looking saddle.
The camels are shown with fantastic dimension, right down to their saddles, bridles and fur.
They sit on a pedestal that has been decorated with distinctly Egyptian imagery, including a winged scarab, papyrus-sheaf columns and palm fronds.
Each bookend is polychrome painted with wonderful, subdued shades of dark sienna-brown, green and blue with shimmering touches of gold.
The larger, heavier base is demurely embellished with a repeating geometric pattern surrounded by smooth "bricks".
The bases are lined with green felt
The reverse of one bookend is stamped "9971". Numbers in the 9000's date to the 1920s.
This marked bookend shows a bit more of its original color and detail, though both exhibit signs of wear commensurate with their age.
There are a couple areas of paint-loss to each camel and base, but the bookends remains in very good vintage condition overall.
Because we are in an era of digital books and communication, bookends are becoming even more collectible to hold our hard bound book collections.
Measurements: Each bookend is 6" tall and 7" wide, Camel is ¼" thick, Base is 1 ¾" deep (front to back), 3 lbs., 15 oz. (each) Total weight of pair: 7 lbs., 14 oz.