This is a pair of Arts and Crafts style bookends from Ye Olde Copper Shoppe (1917-1922). In 1916 the metal smiths Fred Brosi and Hans Jauchen founded Ye Olde Copper Shop at 464 Sutter St in San Francisco. Sometime in 1917 Jauchen left, taking the name Jauchen’s Olde Copper Shop for his new venture, and Brosi remained at the same location and changed the shop name to Ye Olde Copper Shoppe. He worked alone (1917-1922) and marked his output “WROT BY FRED BROSI Ye Olde Copper Shoppe SAN FRANCISCO.” After that interval, he went on to form a workshop called Old Mission Kopper Kraft (1922-1925). We posted bookends from the Old Mission Kopper Kraft shop on November 27, 2013.
Bookends from the more recent Old Mission Kopper Kraft shop turn up now and then, but these are the first ones we have seen from Ye Olde Copper Shoppe and they are outstanding pieces of metal work by Brosi, who is known for his intense and painstaking efforts. The L-shaped copper sheeting format is familiar, but the dense, stippled design on the face was apparently produced by laborious hand tooling. The face is hammered and bowed outward. The copper is a heavy gauge. The shop marks read: HAND WROT BY FRED BROSI Ye Olde Copper Shoppe SAN FRANCISCO.