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Ronson Bookends

Posted Friday, September 30 by CAG

John and Kathy from Naperville sent us the following email;

"This is one of a pair of bookends I have. It has a Ronson tag tied on one, and a label on the bottom of the other. The label reads, 'Ronson All Metal Artwares' with 'No. 11945' and 'FIN. Pol Gold'. The base is 7 3/4" inches long. Is this the same Ronson that made cigarette lighters? What would a pair be worth?"
Louis V. Aronson started producing "art metal" objects, probably in the early 20's including ashtrays, bookends, figurines and other decorative items. He added Ronson to the name of his company in the 30's. He is better known for the many cigarette lighters and cases they produced. Both the lighters and bookends are highly collectible.

These bookends, which probably date from the 1930's or early 40's, have an Art Deco influence. They are produced using the permanent mold slush casting technique, which basically means they are hollow. They are usually weighted to make them more functional as bookends. These have a Polished Gold finish applied, as the label implies. Because of the desireability, quality and subject matter, I expect that this pair would sell in the $200 range, maybe even more.

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