We purchased this pair of monk bookends at an antique show in 2016, They are porcelain, and carry a mark which we could not identify, but we posted them on July 6, 2016, entitled Studious Monk Bookends. Very recently, we did identify the mark and the bookends became very interesting.
The factory mark was an A with a B leaning on it The mark on a monk was identical except the lower part of the B was not completely formed.The bookends were produced by the Amberg factory in Bavaria, Germany. This factory produced earthenware and hard-paste porcelain from1709 until 1910. We guess that the bookends were produced in about 1905 when bookends and monk motifs were becoming popular, which would make them among our earliest bookends.
The factory mark and the mark on the monk is shown. The information about Amberg and their pottery mark is documented in A Dictionary of Marks by Margaret Taylor, Barrie & Jenkins, London, revised edition by Lucilla Watson, 1992.