Collecting Vintage Bookends By Denise Baker- Taken from May 2019 New Century Collector
The First Bookends appeared during the late 1600’s. As books had become more widely available, a lectern (slanted top reading desk) no longer provided adequate storage, and simple shelving began to emerge allowing books to be stored vertically instead of in horizontal stacks. At first books were held upright by staking the tomes tightly, however, bookends soon began to appear, usually taking the for of any heavy object that would sit securely on the shelf. It wouldn’t take long for these homespun items to evolve into decorative and sometimes artistic objects, and by the twentieth century, bookends were a staple in most homes.
Our collection of book ends