These bookends are important to us because they are the first pair we purchased. We found them in about 1993 in an antique store in San Juan Capistrano and they cost us $40. At that time we knew nothing about them and could discover nothing about this pair or about bookends in general. The absence of information about bookends at that time inspired Bob and I to research the subject and to write Bookend Revue (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1996). Our research revealed that these birds could be attributed to the Hirsch foundry, circa 1933, that the birds were painted spelter, the beaks were celluloid, the bases were bakelite, the exaggerated feet and beaks and the stairstep bases placed them in the Art Deco fashion of that time. This pair is pictured again in our recent book: Bookends: Objects of Art and Fashion (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2012), and we still find the pair to be among our favorites.
Mystery Bird Bookends