'BIG CAT' Tiger Roaring antique bookends ARMOR BRONZE
- Item #: 2419
- Manufacturer: Armor Bronze
Very rare pair of original bookend featuring a Big Cat roaring, it looks like a tiger in an aggressive stance. These were made by the Armor Bronze Company at their original New York City location. This set is high quality and very detailed. Each bookend stands 5" tall, 7" long, 3" wide and weighs 2 lbs. 2 oz. (4 lbs. 4 oz. for the pair). They are in very good condition with a gorgeous rich patina. Authenticity is assured as both still have the original felt bottoms and original Armor Bronze, New York City paper labels. These antique bookends were made using the much coveted and highly collectible bronze-clad method of production which utilized electricity via an electrode built into the plaster mold of the subject piece. There was a lot of preparation work involved. Bronze was then electroformed onto the plaster mold. This was extremely innovative in the early 1900’s. Unfortunately, it was also very costly for labor and materials. Some bookends could take as long as three days to be completed. Almost all of the companies went bankrupt. However, they created some of the most detailed and sought after bookends we have today. They're getting quite scarce to find in good condition since they are somewhat fragile.