Featured Polar bear bookends

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by David Askett, Nov 15, 2023.

  1. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    I won these wooden polar bear bookends tonight at auction, for the princely sum of $6. They look very art deco to me, so I’m thinking they could date to the 1920’s. Does thus seem correct? I’ve searched with Google Lens and have done a lot of browsing online but haven’t found anything really similar.

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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    They look Art Deco to me too.

    Debora
     
  3. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    What are they made of ? plaster ? Metal ? Can we see the bottoms ? I think art deco as well,but I am wondering about the color on this .
     
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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    They look carved.

    Debora
     
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  5. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    As I mentioned, they are wood. Here is a photo of the bottoms:

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  6. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    They could be homemade. Not necessarily production pieces. I think they look great.
     
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  7. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I’ve always loved the Art Deco style, so was very happy to find these!
     
  8. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Really lovely-ducky lookin' deco.
     
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  9. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    SO you did ! Sorry !
     
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  10. 2manycats

    2manycats Well-Known Member

    Nothing like them in the one book on bookends I can put my hands on right now. I also think they have a hand-made look about them, and very handsome, too. Boy Scout, maybe, late '30s or early '40s? It took a while for the Deco style to filter into popular culture.

    Happy to double your money on them, should you ever decide to sell.... :cat:
     
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  11. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    Thanks for checking your book for these. I’ve not seen anything like them. Polar bears - such an unusual subject!
     
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  12. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    So, thanks to the remains of a paper label on one of the bookends, I was able to identify them as a product of the Grenfell Mission in Labrador, Canada!

    Here is the label on my bookends:

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    And here is a label on a known pair of Grenfell bookends:

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    Close enough for me!

    Anyone interested in the mission can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Mission
     
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  13. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Very interesting indeed!. That should up the value considerably in the Canadian market.
     
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  14. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    That's awesome,good eye David.
    Did you win this in an online or smaller regional auction.
    Seem to recall somebody here won a Daum sterling overlay bowl at a church raffle a year or so ago.
    I wonder who donated that as a prize ?
     
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  15. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    Kind of both, actually. It was a small local auction company that held live auctions for years, but switched to online auctions during Covid and never switched back. This time round I won the bookends, a pair of WW2 aviator sunglasses, and a birch bark basket that I believe was made by Cree people in Alberta.

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  16. 2manycats

    2manycats Well-Known Member

    Grenfell had a wicked sense of humor, too - here's his inscription in a copy of Northern Neighbors I have, 1928: "A Christmas Dinner in Labrador" it reads, with a drawing of a polar bear encountering a man fallen through the ice.... IMGP0854 (2).JPG
     
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  17. kentworld

    kentworld Well-Known Member

    Love it!
     
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