Antique nautical sailor ship bookrack bookend by K&O original paint, near mint

Well, technically, not a bookend OR a bookrack. Rather, a book slide . Really cool piece featuring a sailor standing on deck of a wooden vessel, hands on the tiller. As the term "slide" implies, the plate at the back end slides out to provide room for placing books, CDs, or DVDs, then push that plate back in until your items are standing snug and secure.
This is hollow-cast from spelter (a mixed metal, a magnet does not stick) by K&O (Kronheim and Oldenbusch), which operated in NYC in the '20s and '30s. Their logo is visible on the back, as is the name of the artist, John Ruhl.
Condition is excellent: no breaks, cracks or holes in the metal. The sailor is fixed firmly to the deck without wiggle. The slide mechanism works fine. Gold finish is original, does show minor wear and pitting in places. A prior owner scratched what look to be numbers in a vertical line on the back, above the artist's name (you can see some of it in 2nd to last photo), but not at all visible when the piece is holding books. White paint is original and almost entirely intact. Tin bottom plates are missing, as is felt. Piece overall stands flat and stable.
8 inches tall; 4 1/2 inches side to side; 5 1/2 inches front to back of slide when it is closed; 9 inches front to back of slide when slide is fully extended. There is about a 1 inch
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