Here is a wonderful pair of vintage cast-iron Hubley bookends. We love elephants but we absolutely ADORE Hubley, and these bookends are a wonderful example of the company's style.
The exuberant, unique cast-iron pieces they produced in the early 20th century continue to delight us today.
Since its founding in 1894, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Hubley Manufacturing Company produced a wide range of highly-collectible cast-iron toys.
The shape of their heads and their relatively little ears tell us that these are Asian elephants.
Both are depicted with a fantastic amount of detail. Even the folds in their thick skin are shown with fantastic dimension.
You'll notice that the elephants are shown with their trunks up.
In many Asian countries, an elephant lifting his trunk is a great symbol of luck.
The cast-iron is coated in a vibrant light bronze-colored finish.
Slight darkening brought on by age has really added to the detail and created a great sense of depth.
Both pieces are stamped "373" on the reverse.
This number identifies the bookends as Hubley and dates them to the early 1920s.
Though each bookend shows a few small areas of finish loss and wear, the bookends remain in otherwise excellent vintage condition.
Measurements: Each bookend is 5 1/8" tall and 5 ¼" wide, Elephants are approx. ¾" deep, Base is 1 ¾" wide (front to back), 2 lbs., 6 oz. (each) Total weight of pair: 4 lbs., 12 oz.