Pair of Stainless Steel Horse Bookends by Ruth Gerth for Chase USA
Pair of patinated stainless steel bookends by Ruth Gerth for Chase, c.1930s, USA. The pair of bookends feature a black painted metal base with geometric horse figures in a golden hue. This playful pair will liven any bookshelf.
The Chase Brass and Copper Company of Waterbury, Connecticut, was founded in 1876, and for most of its existence produced industrial metal parts. During the 1930s, part of their focus shifted to the production of decorative objects and housewares. They commissioned notable industrial designers such as Walter von Nessen, Russel Wright and Ruth Gerth to develop products for their burgeoning line.
The onset of WW2 ceased production of their housewares as the factory turned to manufacturing military products and parts. Following the end of the war, Chase did not return to producing decorative items, making the existing pieces they produced quite rare and desirable.
Each bookend measures: 4" width x 2.5" depth x 6.25" height
Good vintage condition with age appropriate patina. Professionally cleaned.