This is a neat vintage bookend depicting the likeness of Abraham Lincoln.
Bronze plating gives the substantial and highly detailed piece fantastic dimension and color. It was made by the Weidlich Brothers Company.
The bookend has been expertly repaired, the only readily visible evidence of which is a tiny, hairline-crack near the base of the pedestal where Lincoln's bust sits.
You can see solder on the back of the piece but none is visible from the front.
A tall pedestal at the center of the bookend holds up a beautifully detailed bust of old Honest Abe, complete with classic beard. The front of the pedestal is carved "Lincoln" in a distinctly Art Deco font.
The Weidlich Brothers Company worked out of Bridgeport, Connecticut in the early 1900s, so Art Deco lettering and design typically to find their way into some of their older pieces.
Half-circle steps lead up to the pedestal while a ribbon-tied olive-laurel lies at the base.
Finally, two scrolls on each side are carved with the dates of Lincoln's birth and death.
Several cast marks can be seen on the reverse of the bookend including the Weidlich Brothers Company hallmark (a "WB" inside a badge-shape within a circle) and the model number, "661"). The opposite side bears a mark reading "Copyright U.S.A."
Aside from the repair and the slight crack on the front, this unusual bookend remains in good vintage condition.
Measurements: 5" tall, 4 1/2" wide, Base is 2 ¾" deep Weight: 2 lbs., 8 oz.
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