Copper Plated Parrot Bookends by Armor Bronze c.1930
This is an original pair of Art Deco copper plated parrot bookends manufactured by Armor Bronze Company, New York USA. They are made from copper plated cast gray or "pot" metal which has been filled in with lead. Originally they would have been mounted on marble bases. Both pieces have retained their original copper finish, which has lifted underneath both bird's tails. They are in excellent condition with appropriate patina for their age.
- CREATOR Armor Bronze Company (Manufacturer)
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1930
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Cast gray metal, copper finish.
- CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 5.5 in. x W 6.75 in. x D 2.5 in.
Armor Bronze started as The National Metalizing Company in 1910 with their studio and showroom in New York City and their main office and factory in Garwood, New Jersey. Around 1920 they became the Armor Bronze Company and made bookends, doorstops, art objects, table and floor lamps. The company moved to Taunton Massachusetts in the mid-1930’s, with production ceasing around 1948.
Their finishes utilized ancient Egyptian and Chinese processes to color bronze, namely the Polychrome method. They also used the Sgraffito process, a hand etching method that allowed each layer of color to shine through. A catalogue at the Smithsonian shows that the bookends sold for between $5 and $16 each.