Armor Bronze Bookends, End of The Trail
Armor Bronze Bookends Titled, End of The Trail. Polychrome Coloring. From the late 1890s, Armor Bronze was known as National Metalizing Company, NYC. The company adopted the name Armor Bronze as their trade name, and remained in NYC until the mid 1930s. In 1934, they moved to Taunton, MA, and in 1946, changed their name to Armor Bronze & Silver Company. By 1950, they had phased out all electroformed bronze-clad bookends. Armor has been noted as the premier companies who produced the clad type items using a electroplating process instead of external molds. This set is typical of the early process of starting with a plaster-molded object blank, which contained a metal wick protruding from the bottom. The blank was coated with a positive electrical attracting media, attached to positive/negative current and then submersed into a liquid metal of choice. Over hours and sometimes several days the plaster becomes coated with a thin layer of metal that creates a more durable outer shell, than simply plaster. The artist then would take several steps in preparing the object for gilding and painting.
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