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On the hunt for chic and unique vintage bookends? Book it over here to Chairish, where we stock thousands of stylish bookends, perfect for adorning any bookshelf or desk. Our collection of antique bookends is sourced from thousands of top-tier vintage dealers located all over the U.S. and Europe and hand-curated by our in-house style experts. Our curators are select only the most exceptional pieces — both in terms of design caliber and quality — to list for sale on the site. Explore our collection to discover hard-to-find items like glass bookends from sought-after makers like Murano, Blenko, and Fontana Arte. Shop classic stone and brass Mid-Century Modern bookends in iconic motifs from the era, including horse heads, owls, ibex heads and others. Shop A-list brass bookend designs from makers like Ben Seibel. In addition to authentic vintage bookends, you can also shop a newly-made edit, consisting of designs exclusively picked by our editors for their vintage-grade appeal. For an even easier shopping experience, try applying filters to shop by style, color, or even price. Whether you’re on the prowl for Art Deco designs, Mid-Century Modern, or postmodern designs, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for right here at Chairish.

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Brass junkie? Thanks to its weight, brass is one of the most commonly used bookend materials. It was an especially popular material during the mid 20th century. If you’re shopping for brass, consider whether you’re more drawn to minimalist or detailed designs. Designs by makers like Carl Auböck and Ben Seibel are worth seeking out if you’re enticed by more sleek and sculptural designs. Ben Seibel is best known for heavy-bottomed brass ends with a vaguely amorphous quality. Some of the maker’s most iconic creations include his “clam” and “stirrup” designs. Carl Auböck bookends, best known for their stark sculptural aesthetic, tend to be more modernist than Ben Seibel’s, but exude similar artistry. Many brass Carl Auböck bookends feature a black patinated exterior, which lends them a look similar to cast iron. If you’re on the hunt for a designer-grade design with a more classical approach, consider Virginia Metalcrafters. Their brass pineapple, eagle, and wagon wheel bookends are among some of their most iconic.

When shopping for metal bookends there’s no need to go with a big-name maker, of course. It’s easy to procure unmarked models that possess plenty of style. Among brand-less models, brass bookends crafted to look like animals are a common find. Some of the most popular designs from the mid 20th century include ram and duck busts as well as owls and pineapples. Depending on your style, you may want to opt for a brass figure mounted on a heavy stone plinth made of marble or alabaster. Today, one of the most easy-to-source bookends is a classic bull and bear design, composed of a brass bear and brass bull each mounted on a hulking, slanted marble block.