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Trophy Company Bookends

01 May
Steer.  Gray metal with bronzed trophy-like finish. Height     inches.  Marked Dodge with attached company label. Western motif. circa 1950 .

Steer.  Gray metal with bronzed trophy-like finish. Height 6 inches.  Marked Dodge with attached company label. Western motif. circa 1950 .

In the nineteen thirties and forties there were three prominent companies that primarily made trophies:  Dodge, Champion and Trophy Craft; Dodge being the largest.  These companies made a variety of small objects for the home,including ash trays and bookends.  Nowadays we find their bookends in antique shops and online.  In our experience, Dodge bookends are most frequently found, and Champion and Trophy Craft are uncommon.

All of these bookends were apparently made from gray metal, and with  bronze-like finishes that suggest trophies.  The finishes were not very durable, judging from the damaged bookends we frequently see today.

Geometric horse.  gray metal with bronzed trophy-like finish. Height 8.5 inches.  Marked Champion Products and Phillip DiNapoli (artist).  Art Deco style. The rounded areas flattened into planes are a cubist touch. Circa 1930  .

Geometric horse.  gray metal with bronzed trophy-like finish. Height 8.5 inches.  Marked Champion Products and Phillip DiNapoli (artist).  Art Deco style. The rounded areas flattened into planes are a cubist touch. Circa 1930  .

Sleek Hound.  Gray metal with bronzed trophy-like finish.  Height 6 inches.  Marked Trophy Craft in tiny raised letters.  Art Deco style.  Circa 1930.

Sleek Hound.  Gray metal with bronzed trophy-like finish.  Height 6 inches.  Marked Trophy Craft in tiny raised letters.  Art Deco style.  Circa 1930.

 
 

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2 responses to “Trophy Company Bookends

  1. Nicole Fukumoto

    August 3, 2013 at 09:39

    Hi there! I came across your site looking at the 1930’s Geometric Horse bookends by Champion products designed by Philip DiNapoli. The ones I have are similar to the ones you have posted but mine have ashtrays on the base. Have you any knowledge about this particular style? I have not been able to find much online about them.

    Thanks!

     
    • Bookend Collector

      August 3, 2013 at 10:24

      Hello Nicole:

      Regarding the Geometric Horse bookends by Champion Products. We have never seen a pair with ashtrays on the bases, but it is not unlikely that Champion produced such bookends. Trophy companies produced a variety of accessories to furniture. We have seen Dodge horse-head bookends with ashtrays on the bases. Your bookends are fairly rare. As we noted in the post of May 1, these bookends are best described as Art Deco. Also, some years ago we saw a very similar pair of bookends on William Randolph Hearst’s desk in the Hearst Castle. We couldn’t get close enough to definitely say they were the same.

      The Bookend Collector

       

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