Our collection does not generally include depictions of famous individuals, however we occasionally make an exception. Samuel Clemens, the celebrated humorist widely recognized by his pen name, Mark Twain, is one of those exceptions. We greatly admire his writing. Presently, we are listening to “Roughing It”, his semi-autobiographical novel of his days Out West, published in 1872.
These bookends showing Mark Twain in repose were made by the Weidlich Brothers foundry. The bookends are 6.5 inches tall, marked with the trademark WB and with the words Mark Twain on the base. These same bookends can be found holding up books in the Mark Twain Room of the Buffalo and Erie County Library, Buffalo, NY. Click on the link and scroll to slide 8.
Weidlich Brothers made well-cast, durable bookends, most or perhaps all of them bronze plated over gray metal, as are these. The company was located in Bridgeport, CT. and operated between 1901 and some time in the 1950s. They were known for making quality cast novelties. Today’s collectors of jewel boxes and of corkscrews look for the WB trademark.
To learn more about Mark Twain visit the Mark Twain Project Online. MTPO is produced by the Mark Twain Papers and Project of The Bancroft Library in collaboration with the University of California Press; the site is hosted by UC Berkeley’s Library Systems Office.
And check out Chris’s comment on “Roughing It” below. Very interesting.