Bronze and Copper Plated Machine Age Trojan Horse Bookends by Dodge Inc. c.1930
A pair of Art Deco cast metal Trojan horse bookends with original stickers and felt manufactured by Dodge Trophy Inc. Both pieces have retained their original bronze and copper finish and are in good condition with appropriate patina for their age.
- CREATOR Dodge, Inc. (Manufacturer)
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1930
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Cast Gray Metal, Copper/Bronze Finish.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 7 in. x W 4.5 in. x D 3.25 in.
Dodge Inc. began in Chicago in the mid 1920s by Ray E. Dodge, a former track star in the 1924 Olympics. In 1930 he moved the company to Los Angeles to begin making Oscars for Hollywood's Academy Awards and in 1949 began producing Hollywood's Emmys.
Catalogs for Dodge Inc. of Los Angeles, Newark and Miami advertised their "Master-line of Gifts for the Discriminating Buyer," listing more than 20 different pairs of bookends, including pieces designed by McClelland, Barclay and Gladys E. Brown – selling for $10 to $40 a pair.
The company used 5 different finishes for its cast metal pieces, but their trademark high-gloss bronze finish with two-tone highlights of rich red-golden copper from the southwest's great copper mines earned Dodge the tag line, "The Best of the West," which can be found on their stickers.