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Vintage Borghese Italian Floral Gilt antique bookends flowers print - $10 (downtown/Brooklyn Heights)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Borghese
I saw “Borghese” (with a stamp on the bottom) on someone else’s listing of these bookends. This pair doesn’t have the stamp. Other than a famous 13th c. Italian family, I guess there was a manufacturer with that name somewhere who made these...in the 1940s.

Not 1960s, per another listing; this pair dates to 1946. How do I know? Because it was one of the many items in my house while growing up that my mother would look at, sigh, and say, “That was a wedding present.” And that wedding was in 1946, people. Maybe Borghese was still making them in 1960, but I can promise you this set is from no later than 1946 (or maybe earlier, if they were “vintage” when given as the 1946 gift.)

The main part is made of something substantial, maybe plaster, metallic painted, with a sturdy metal bottom that’s covered in felt. The design surface looks like a commercially printed image of the flowers, presumably ink on paper, that’s then glued to the main surface and perhaps varnished over its top. Gold painted bases and tops, nice patina overall.

These babies are sturdy and heavy -- 1.8 pounds each. They will hold up a hefty stack of books.

7-1/2 in high x 6-1/4 in wide at base x 1-1/2 in deep main piece plus 3-1/4 x 2-1/4 in metal “tongue” that sits below the books.

Cash and carry from lobby of doorman building, or I can meet you in the street at your double parked car in the always-available (yet illegal, just stay with the car for no ticket) spot in front of my building for a handoff.

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