It is always exciting to run across an unfamiliar shopmark that just might be for a little-known, but collectible american craftsman. We did just that, a few weeks ago at the The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Phoenix, AZ. We found a pair of copper bookends with a unique stamp – a capital G in a circle with a hand above it:
After a bit of a search we found GLANDER ORNAMENTAL IRON WORKS in Saukville, WI. It turns out that the founder, Erhard Gander, was trained as a coppersmith in Germany and then emigrated to America in the nineteen twenties. He opened a workshop in West Allis, Wisconsin in 1932, specializing in copper and brass artworks. In 1937 he moved the workshop to Saukville.
We think these bookends are from the early 1930s. They are not the L- shaped copper bookends which we usually see, but they are hand-fashioned Arts and Crafts objects none-the-less. Each bookend is wrought from copper sheeting, cut and trimmed, hammered, folded, curled, riveted, and rounded on all edges. Glander bookends are not frequently encountered, and these make a nice addition to an Arts and Crafts collection.