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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 05, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

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These are " UTTERLY " wonderful and very unusual!!! "NO THEY ARE NOT NEW, THEY ARE OLD AND ORIGINAL". No one can say the artist of these very unusual Novelty Style white metal slush molded bookends did not have a great sense of humor!!!!!!!!

It is my pleasure to offer this never seen Dodge Inc. animal caricature bookends treasure. The Dodge Co. Inc. started business after the end of World War II. Sometime in 1946 to 1948 business locations are shown to have been in Newark N.J and then Los Angeles , Ca. and Miami Fl. The company subject matter appeared to be protesting or at least displaying a controversial reaction to the old Art Deco period. Dodge artists including McClelland Barclay, Gladys Brown, and Abbot Schy designed their wares in a very precise and perfect display of true looks with their subjects. Only a few sets of bookends deviated from true to life designs and this Cartoonish set went to the extreme. This set reminds one of the over exaggerated technique styling shown in "Boys with Puppies" with the huge face cheeks on the boys faces, designed by McClelland Barclay and shown on page 107, plate 579 in Kuritzky's Encyclopedia of Bookends.

Dodge used five colors to finish its products those being Sunray or gold colored. Silver Plate being an oxidized sterling color. Diamond Black or true black. Antique Bronze or high gloss bronze color and last was Combination or a muted bronze mixed with Sun Ray giving it a coppery finish.

This particular set is by far one of the hardest to find in today's market place and online community. Made in 1948 this set is not only one of the finest, but also one of the rarest and lesser seen sets. In 39 years of collecting bookends and other cast metal items I have personally owned this set but once.

This female cow is obviously the lead lady with her bell about her neck to lead the herd in morning and night. Her giant eyes depicts the positive leaderhip role as she stares hard back at the viewer.

You will find this pair to be in excellent condition with the coppery gilt finish to be 99.9% intact. Taking into consideration the age of this set it is nearly unheard of finding them in this outstanding condition. This is a quality first rate set that is signed DODGE on the lower back side as pictured. This masterfully made set absolutely screams with cartoon like humor. The cows head, ears, nostrils, chubby cheeks, hooves, tail, long neck and huge utters exemplifies total protest of the Deco period. They stand 6 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth the pair. This useful set of art is a must for the discriminating buyer. The only true wear is on the back sides w t are some shiny areas through the copper plating w books would have been parked for nearly sixty years and since I have had these displayed on antique furniture the bottom felt have been replaced. One would be hard pressed to find another set like these and certainly not in better condition. If you do not want to use these for bookends they will more than likely serve as a funny conversation set everyone will adore. .

Please look at the actual photos below to see what is being offered. I take clear and precise pictures and do not computer enhance them with special effects, texture softening, or color alterations to make my items difficult to tell what is being auctioned. The pictures show nearly the exact colors of this set.

These will be ideal for the Collector and Bookend Enthusiasts whom are seeking the very finest and rarest of DODGE INC. items. This set is not listed and rated by LOUIS KURITZKY in his Collector's Encyclopedia of Bookends, but would have to be rated a #5* because they are not seen. Please feel free to email with questions, inquiries, or any additional information. I will professionally pack this item and will promptly ship via USPS. These have been priced at a Buy it Now Price with the option to make offers. Keep in mind these are one of the rarer and adoring of DODGE se...