OWL BOOKENDS, by Joza Kupka - c.1912


Antique Owl Bookends

Solid and sturdy, these black owls are an attractive addition to any bookshelf, and will securely hold strong hardbacks in place. These bronze-clad treasures were crafted for the National Metalizing Company, who produced many household items under the trade name Armor Bronze.

These matching owls are each resting on 2 open books. Top of base features signature of Czech-born sculptor Joza Krupka (1880-1917). There is felt on the bottom to protect furniture, along with a manufacturer's sticker.

DATE: circa 1910-1917

SIZE: 9.5 inches tall | 24 centimeters

Pieces are overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Gently used, they appear to be all original finish and felt with a little dust.
  • These appear to be intended to present with a dark patina, and to casual observation appear as a textured black.
  • Bookends exhibit gentle surface wear in faint scuffs and rubbing. Instead of looking worn, they appear more individual, interesting and organic.
  • Backs have a couple small shiny spots from their years of working as bookends.
  • Green felt on bottom is worn around the edges and starting to lift off the base.
  • One owl has tiny white specs (paint?) that can be easily be removed with fingernail .
  • May exhibit additional minor wear or blemishes.
  • CR20180612

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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Condition: Used
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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