This Indian is crouching over a tree stump and peering into the distance for enemies.. The pose looks realistic. The exaggerated sweep of the headdress and very shiny surfaces speak to Art Deco.
The crouching pose is not unique. An early signed pair, copyright 1911, shows us a crouching Indian peering; into the distance for enemies. The headdress and the surfaces are more restrained, as we could expect from an earlier date. The artist signed her full name, Nellye Partridge, on the front lip of the bookend.
We know a Nellye Partridge with a Brooklyn, NY address copyrighted 3 bookend designs: this kneeling indian in 1911 and in 1914 “Babe book ends. Statuette of child lying on one book with feet raised to support others” and “Buffalo book ends. Statuette of buffalo bucking.” In 1913 she had copyrights for several postcards. Little else is known of Nellye Partridge. It is possible that she is the 21year old living in Brooklyn and listed as Nelly E Partridge in the 1900 US Federal Census.