Wonderful vintage single Liberty Bell bookend that features a burnished brass colored bell mounted on a brown background. The bookend is made of Syroco. See NOTE about Syroco Wood below.
The brown wood frame has some floral designs on the sides and the bottom. The bell has the famous crack in it.
The front of the bell says PROCLAIM LIBERTY BY ORDER OF THE ASSEM, PASS AND STOW, PHILDA, MDCCLIII in raised letters.
Circa mid century aged home or library decor item.
This bookend is in nice vintage condition with light wear commensurate with vintage age.
The single bookend measures approx. 6" tall, about 6” wide and is about 2 1/2" deep.
The Syracuse Ornamental Company, known as Syroco, was an American manufacturing company based in Syracuse, New York. They were best known for their molded wood-pulp products that resembled hand-carving.
Founded in Syracuse, New York in 1890 by immigrant Adolph Holstein, the Syracuse Ornamental Company (Syroco) specialized in decorative wood carving, especially for the local residential market. Products included fireplace mantelpieces and other types of interior decoration popular in late Victorian homes. To meet increasing market demand and sales opportunities Holstein developed a material looked and felt like wood but that which could be shaped, allowing multiple pieces to be produced through a molding process. The new product, which combined wood pulp brought from the Adirondacks with flour as a binder and other materials to give it strength, was extruded and then cut to fit compression molds, which had were made from original carvings in real wood.
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