These bookends are fashioned from copper sheeting. They portray peacocks against an intricate floral background and they illustrate several kinds of hand-workmanship. The copper sheeting has been bent into an L shape and cut out. The margins around the background have been given a pock-marked pattern by hammering, the peacock bodies have been made to bulge by repousse’, and the edges have been given a fine scallop which does not show well on the picture. The bookends are clearly Arts and Crafts-style productions from a metal workshop, probably early in the twentieth century, but they are not marked.
They didn’t stay long in our collection. Our favorite sixth grade teacher admired their workmanship and the peacocks were soon holding up her books.