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A pair of seldom found iconic Elephant Bookends, designed by Walter Von Nessen, and manufactured by The Chase Brass & Copper Company of Waterbury CT. These are from the early 1930s.
We have had several sets with the bakelite tucks, but the metal tusks seem harder to find.
This is an earlier pair, based on the stamp each one bears that says "Patent Applied For".
Please see the patent information on photo #4.

Both are marked with the CHASE logo, please see photos.

Yes, there are some condition issues. I have tried to explain them in the photos.
Each elephant has several dents, the largest being the ones on the rump, or back end.
Funny that they both have dents in the same places. Under the trunks each one has a smaller dent.
The surface chrome is wearing off - it appears to be copper under the plating, so perhaps the finish can be brassed off.
We have not attempted to clean or polish these.

Due to the rarity of these bookends, which can go for $1200 - $1500 in excelllent condition, we have priced these accordingly.

Please feel free to ask questions, as we are always happy to answer them.

Yes, your happiness is our goal, and we always accept returns if you notify us within 2 days of your delivery.

Shipping will be at the 4 pound rate.
Signature required.
For FEDEX shipping, I will need your phone number, as FedEx requires it.

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Walter Von Nessen Elephant Bookends. Machine Age. Chase Brass & Copper Co. 1930s.


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
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