Pot metal Horse Head Bookends by Gladys Brown for Dodge Inc. c.1930
This is an original pair of Art Deco style cast gray or "pot" metal horse head bookends designed by Gladys E. Brown and manufactured by Dodge Trophy Inc. Los Angeles California USA.
The bookends are signed. Both pieces have lost their original copper and satin bronze finish, however the cast metal is in excellent condition with appropriate patina for its age.
- CREATOR Gladys E. Brown (Artist) Dodge, Inc. (Manufacturer)
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1930
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Cast gray metal, satin bronze finish (on back).
- CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 7 in. x W 8.25 in. x D 5 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.