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Bookends
Produced by the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company

Selected Objects from the Smithsonian Institution Castle Collection

Bookend, one of a pair, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 5.75" x W. 4.5" x D. 2.75." SI.1992.015 a&b.

A bust of Shakespeare in full relief is set into a niche; a brass label engraved with the name Shakespeare is mounted with two brass pins along the front edge of the base. Decorative elements on the niche include two urns with palm branches, finials and rosettes. These bookends bear the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the lower back. The finish is treated to look like patinated bronze. The original green felt is glued to the bottom.

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Bookend, one of a pair, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 5" x W. 3.75" x D. 2.125." SI.1991.015 a&b.

The overall shape is that of an early American sign board consisting of a vertical plaque flanked by two turned spindles, surmounted by a scrolled pediment with three finials. The "signboard" is mounted to a semi-circular base. The plaque has a scene of a log cabin and trees in low bas-relief. The bookends bear the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom center.

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Bookend, one of a pair, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 6" x W. 4.615" x D. 2.5." SI.1991.014 a&b.

Designed to resemble an architectural memorial with a stepped base on which rests a vertical plaque flanked by two fluted columns and surmounted by an arched pediment. Set into the pediment is an oval medallion with a bas-relief portrait of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) surrounded by a laurel wreath. Inscribed in raised, partially gilded letters: And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless us, everyone. Dickens. The bookends bear the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom right.

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Bookend, one of a pair, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 4" x W. 5.87" x D. 2.125." SI.1991.003 a&b.

The bookends are inscribed Temple of Isis on an attached brass plaque and have three steps that rise from a base  supporting five Egyptian lotus columns. The columns are topped by an entablature with a concave cornice having a central ornament of the Winged Sun, the symbol of royalty dating from the Ancient Kingdom of the Egyptians. The bookends bear the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom left.

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Bookend, one of a pair, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 5.5" x W. 5" x D. 2.25." SI.2003.062 a&b.

The bookends are inscribed Bramshill in script on the back upper right hand corner. Bramshill House, built by Lord Zouche during the early part of the 1600s, is one of the finest examples of early Jacobean architecture in England. It features a stately entrance with an oriel window and decorative parapets. This pair of bookends are finished in a faux patinated bronze. The bookends bear the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom left.

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Bookend, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 5.425" x W. 5.25" x D. 2." SI.2003.059.

This single bookend features five Ionic columns supporting a Classical entablature and resting on a plinth base scored to resemble stone. An identical pair of marked bookends bear a brass plaque labeled: "Temple of Saturn." The finish is a deep even brown color. The bookends bear the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom right.

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Bookend, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 6" x W. 4.615" x D. 2.5." SI.2003.060.

Designed to resemble an architectural memorial with a stepped base on which rests a vertical plaque flanked by two fluted columns and surmounted by an arched pediment. Set into the pediment is an oval medallion with a bas-relief portrait of John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) surrounded by a laurel wreath. Inscribed in raised, letters: And step by step, since time began, I see the steady gain of man. Whittier. The bookend bears the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom right.

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Bookend, one of a pair, ca.1920, cast iron. H. 6" x W. 4.25" x D. 2." SI.2003.061 a&b.

This pair of bookends were designed in the form of Sheraton chair backs with a central draped urn with Prince of Wales feathers framed by an inner pair of plain slender columns and an outer pair of columns with palm leaf capitals. The design is almost identical to one in plate 36 of Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book, published in 1802. The finish on these bookends is a reddish brown with ochre highlights. Both bear the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom center.

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Bookend, ca.1934, cast iron. H. 3..615" x W. 6.425" x D. 2.5." SI.2003.058.

This single bookend is in the form of the facade of the Lincoln Memorial, dedicated May 12, 1922 in Washington, DC. It is inscribed Lincoln Memorial in script center back. Matches item 9871 in the 1934 Bradley and Hubbard catalogue Distinctive Metalware, the finish is "antique bronze." The bookend bears the round B&H mark with printer's flowers cast into the back bottom right.

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