We are pleased to offer this pair of Fireside Comfort Bookends by Armor Bronze. Armor was know for their wonderful detailed Bookend and this set is no exception. Great detail to the figure of an older gentleman relaxing in a chair in front of the fire, feet up, favorite book in hand, puffing on his pipe, dog sleeping by his side. Armor's shield logo and copyright symbols are imprinted on the backs, along with the name of the artist, Gregory Seymour Allen. Old original felt bottoms and foil stickers. Circa 1930.
The company we know as Armor Bronze started as The National Metalizing Company. In 1915, their studio and showroom was located at 333 Fourth Avenue in New York City; their main office and factory was in Garwood, New Jersey. Attesting to their range of products, the a print ad from them in 1915 states that they make Armor Bronze Lamps and Works of Art, Doorstops, Bookends and Trays of exceptional beauty and charm. During this period Armor Bronze was advertised right alongside the company name; beginning around 1920 National Metalizing was dropped and they became the Armor Bronze Company. The company resurfaces in Taunton Massachusetts in the mid-1930s, with production ceasing around 1948.
Research Consulted: The Collectors Encyclopedia of Bookends 2006 by Chuck DeCosta