Antique art nouveau Judd expanding bookshelf in form of English Bulldogs
Beautiful antique Judd bookends, featuring the face of an (English?) bulldog to each end. This expanding shelf was produced by the H.L. Judd Company N.Y. between 1910-1930, although the strong art nouveau styling of this item would suggest a time period between 1910-1920. A great dog themed sliding bookshelf or expending shelf, it can be adjusted in width to suit the owner's need to display more or less books. When not in use, the ends fold down for easy storage.
This item would look amazing in a vintage library (should you be lucky enough to have one!) but equally great as a small desk bookcase in a modern setting.
In good working order. It looks like this item has perhaps been painted white in the past and some still remains. There is some deterioration to the cast iron metal dog faces and to the brass sliders. The sliders are a bit stiff when fully closed.
30.5 cm closed *** 12"
56 cm fully open ****22"
The bulldog sides are 17 cm wide x 10.8 cm tall **** 6-3/4" wide x 4-1/4" tall
Weight: just over 1 kg
"Judd Manufacturing Company’s roots date back to 1833 as a harness manufacturer in New Britain, Connecticut. The firm changed hands among family members and company names for a hundred years as it evolved into the J.H.Judd Co. of Wallingford, Connecticut. In 1864, Albert, Edward and Hubert Judd moved the company to New Haven, Connecticut, then to its permanent location in Wallingford, Connecticut. A few years later, Hubert Judd struck out on his own to start the H.L.Judd Company in Brooklyn, NY. In 1886, H.L. Judd took control of the Wallingford plant."
"In the early 1910s, they began to produce a decorative art metal line of fine-quality sand castings in iron, brass and bronze. Among these items were bookends and book racks, which were produced between 1910 and the late 1930s. Judd identified their bookends with a 9000 series stock number. The prefix “0” was used in front of the 9000 series number on iron castings only when the same design was cast in both bronze and iron."