'THEODORE Teddy ROOSEVELT' antique bookends 1921 LOUIS ARONSON
- Item #: 2530
- Manufacturer: Ronson
This is a rare original signed pair of circa 1921 antique bookends featuring the 26th President of the United States, Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 - January 6, 1919). This set was made by Louis V. Aronson the owner and originator of the RONSON COMPANY. Each bookend stands 5" tall, 5 5/8" wide, 3 1/4" deep and weighs 2 lbs. 6 oz. (4 lbs. 12 oz. for the pair). Authenticity is assured as both are marked on the rear in relief L. V. Aronson 1921 MADE IN U.S.A They are in very good condition with minor dings and finish loss around the base. The finish on this set was a special finish developed by Louis Aronson known as Royal Bronze which is a black base with a green applied patina in the crevices.
Often times when people hear the name Ronson they think of the famous lighter company, however, Louis Aronson, the originator of the Ronson name produced some of the finest art metal products of his day, and, some of the most collectible we have today. Louis Vincent Aronson (1869-1940) was born in New York City, son of Prussian immigrant parents. He was a brilliant student who graduated from public school at the age of 12 and entered a technical school specializing in metallurgy, practical metal working and mechanical drawing. As a young man he set up a laboratory in his parent's basement and developed plating processes among other things. He graduated as a qualified, expert metallurgist, draftsman and designer at the age of 15. By the time he was 16 he sold the patent rights to one of the plating processes he developed giving him the money to start his own company called Art Metal Works in New York City. Over the years he developed a number of patents and inventions for lighters including important safety features, children's toys, metal finishes. Later in life he ventured into politics and banking. During his lifetime he dedicated much of his time and money to causes that benefited the under-privileged and especially children. His bookends produced varied widely in subject but many had similarities in design and finishes. All are highly collectible.