'BIG CAT' Cougar Leopard antique bookends MARION BRONZE
- Item #: 2420
- Manufacturer: Marion Bronze
Beautiful set of old original bookends featuring a Big Cat by the Marion Bronze Company, Metchuen, NJ from the 1920's. This cat has a rounded head and soft features. It's perched on a ledge looking intently as if it is on the hunt. Each bookend stands 4 1/4" tall, 6 3/4" long, 3" wide and weighs 2 lb. 7 oz. (4 lbs. 14 oz. for the pair). They are in very good condition. There is some cracking in the bronze-clad on the front leg of one cat. 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.