c1910 OLD KING COLE BOOKENDS – GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS – EDWIN E. CODMAN, SCULPTOR
When buying estates of books, I often buy the bookends. This set I purchased probably 25 years ago, and have had it standing guard over some of my personal books, sadly out of sight in a closet. Time for someone else to enjoy this uncommon set from the Gorham Co. Foundry. Sculpted by Edwin E. Codman, this set probably dates from about 1910. Cast most likely in bronze with a lovely patina, this set is Number 10 of the production. The number is separately etched, and not cast. In my research I can only find one other OLD KING COLE bookend by Gorham, but a single only, and Number 7.
These bookends stand 8 inches tall. The base is 5 inches across, and 2 3./8 inches deep.
above, the casting of the maker’s mark – Gorham Co. Founders – 0525 — and etched or stamped to the right is #10. Below you can see E. E. CODMAN on the top of the base of the casting. These markings are on both bookends.
original felt except on one base which I replaced ages ago. At least on the bottom and not really showing.