Offered is a beautiful pair of spread-wing eagle bookends by Virginia Metalcrafters, stamped 1952. The eagle is shown with its wings fully spread and a laurel branch and bundle of arrows clutched in its left talon. The eagle clutches a Union shield across its breast. The Union shield has a chief with three stars and six stripes completing the design.
William J. Loth founded Virginia Metalcrafters in 1890, under the name Waynesboro Stove Company. The company, which made ornately cast cook stoves, heaters, and accouterments for the kitchen of the period, was born at a time when there were many regional iron foundries and stove makers. As electric appliances took over, most of these small foundries shut down. Waynesboro Stove Company figured out a way to survive. In 1938, it rebranded itself as Virginia Metalcrafters, selling finely crafted brass accessories to the new, sensational American tourist attraction, Colonial Williamsburg.
Through the 20th century, Virginia Metalcrafters did a booming business in tasteful brass goods. The company worked closely with Colonial Williamsburg to produce accurate reproductions of the items that the Colonial Restoration Project was digging up and finding, including trivets, candlesticks, irons and trays. Virginia Metalcrafters was one of only a dozen selected manufacturers to showcase and sell items at the Craft House, a special Colonial gallery near the Williamsburg Inn.
Overall very good condition, with no significant wear. Flat bottom offers sturdy support for books. Some minor scuffs and scratches, as expected with past use. Marking on the back reads manufacturer's name and date.
Dimensions: 4 1/4" H x 7 1/2" W x 2 1/4" D.
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