Vintage Spreadwing American Eagle Brass Bookends

Offered is a set of vintage brass eagle bookends. This unique pair of bookends fold down for easy storage and are quite versatile. When set against books, the base slips underneath and the eagle design appears to be freestanding, without additional backboards for support.

The eagle design, created in brass, features a wingspread eagle clutching a bundle of arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in the right talon. The design is inspired by Charles Thomson's design for the U.S. Great Seal and is full of symbolism. The arrows, a bundle of thirteen, is symbolic of the original thirteen colonies and signifies unity as one. The talon with the olive branch emulates a desire for peace, but the ever-readiness for war if necessary. The eagle also appears to be biting its own tail feathers. This most likely references the ancient symbolism of ouroboros, which is a symbol for wholeness and infinity. The eagle itself, the national bird of the U.S., represents American strength and longevity as a nation.


Overall very good condition. No significant wear, besides a few minor scratches and scuffs as to be expected with age and use. Bookends fold down flat for storage, and hinges are in good condition to ensure functionality. Bookends weigh roughly 13 oz each.

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