These are bookends that were produced for the Masonic Order. They show knights raising their swords toward a cross in the sky and planting their flag (or standard) on a mound which probably represents Temple Mount in Jerusalem. From the crosses on their chests, shields, and banner, we know they are Knights Templar. The bookends are 5 inches tall, made of lead in 2 pieces, upright and base, with a thin wood backing to support the soft metal. The lead castings do not capture crisp details of the figures which are in very low relief, but the passion cross at top left of the bookend face is surrounded with the words “IN HOC SIGNO VINCES”, meaning “By this sign (the cross) you will conquer,” the motto of the Masonic Knights Templar. The inscription at the lower left reads 33rd TRIENNIAL CENTENNIAL CONCLAVE LOS ANGELES JUNE 17-24 1916. These are the most recently-made bookends of lead that we have seen. It is a fair guess that only few of these bookends were produced.
Additional Masonic bookends can be viewed at the Phoenix Masonic Museum’s online collection.