These are an interesting pair of chalkware bookends. They are painted in the art deco white style that was popular in the 1930’s. Someone probably won big at a carnival game to get this pair. Earlier this year we donated them to the Olaf Wieghorst Museum for a charity auction. They brought $125 for the museum coffers.
Olaf Wieghorst was a painter of western life. The museum in his honor is located in downtown El Cajon, California, just east of San Diego. Wieghorst lived for 40 years in El Cajon and his home and legacy is preserved in the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center. The collections not only include paintings by Wieghorst and other contemporary western artists but artifacts from the lives of the cowboy and the indian. It is well worth the trip.