Cowboys riding bucking broncos are not unusual subjects for bookends. Western themes were popular in home decor in the 1930s and 1940s. Driven by the popularity of western movies everything from dinner sets to lamps for children’s bedrooms featured cowboys and bucking broncos. These bookends are notable because they are marked Ronson 1942, and they are the last bookends Ronson produced, as far as we know.
The Philadelphia Manufacturing Company (PMC) issued reproductions of these bookends so collectors must look for the entire inscription on the base.