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SOLD See item 3224 another Syroco Set for sale Bookends Matching Pair Syroco Wood of Syracuse New York
Book ends, matching pair in excellent condition, Syroco Wood, 6 1/4" tall, 4 3/8" across the front, bookcase façade is 7/8" deep, realistic looking wall unit with books randomly stacked and shelved, with urn on the middle shelf, binder ends of books finished in gold leaf paint. Circa 1930’s, label on one, see photo. Metal extension is flat, brown enamel paint finish, felt on the underside. No repairs, excellent condition. See photos. We have another set also listed see item 3224.
The Syracuse Ornamental Company, originally known as Syroco, was an American manufacturing company based in Syracuse, New York, started in 1890. They were best known for their molded wood-pulp products that resembled hand-carving. Owner, Alfred Holstein developed a material that looked and felt like wood but could be shaped, allowing multiple pieces to be produced through a molding process. The new product, which combined wood pulp brought from the Adirondacks with flour as a binder and other materials to give it strength, was extruded and then cut to fit compression molds, which were made from original carvings in real wood. The finished material could be smoothed and varnished to look like wood, or it could be painted. It was in the 1930s the company developed an extensive line of gift and novelty items made of "SyrocoWood" and also "Woodite," Production of this new molded product, known as Syroco Wood, was the mainstay of the company's production through the 1940s.
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