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Midcentury Sculptural Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid metal sculptural jacks bookends by Bill Curry for Design Line.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

Pair of Atomic Jacks / Jax Bookends, Doorstop or Paperweight by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool vintage pair of atomic era MCM iron jacks / jax in the style of Bill Curry, circa 1970s. The pair are unique in that one is supersized (9.5"W x 7.5"D x 7.5"H) as opposed ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Atomic Jack / Jax Bookend or Doorstop in the Style of Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage atomic era, mid-century modern large iron jack / jax in the style of Bill Curry, circa 1970s. The piece is functional as either a bookend, door stop or decorative accent and ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Sculptural Chrome Jack / Jax Bookend / Paperweight in the Style of Bill Curry
By Design Line, Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid chrome sculptural chrome jack / jax bookend, door stop or paperweight the style of Bill Curry for Design Line, circa 1970s. The piece is in good vintage condition and measures ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Chrome

Vintage Large Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. This bookend is made of cast iron and is in original condition. Great addition to any decor...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Vintage Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. This bookend is made of cast iron and is in original condition. Great addition to any decor...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Bill Curry Chrome Oversized Jacks Bookends, a Pair
By Bill Curry & Design Line, Bill Curry
Located in Garnerville, NY
Not one, but two! a fun pair of Bill Curry Design Line chrome jacks bookends or paperweights. Circa 1965-70. Good overall condition with wear commensurate with age and use. Minor tar...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

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Metal, Chrome

Bill Curry Lg. Brass Jacks Sculptures / Bookends / Paperweight for Design Line
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of large scaled cast solid brass Jacks typical for what children used back in the day. A nice accessory for home or office as bookends, paperweights or as sculpture designed b...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in Chicago, IL
Chrome Jacks bookends by Bill Curry.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Chrome

Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
H 6.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Mid Century Bill Curry Design Line Jacks Bookends
By Bill Curry, Design Line
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern decorative jack bookends by Bill Curry for Design Line. Each piece is made of heavy cast iron in silver and black. Price is for each. Only one silver jack left. ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Pair of Massive Atomic Jacks / Jax Bookends / Doorstop Attributed to Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of massive (9.5") atomic jacks, circa 1960s attributed to Bill Curry. The pieces can be used as bookends, a doorstop or decorative accent. The jacks are extremely heavy and pain...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Mid-Century Modernist Chrome-Plated Jacks Bookends or Paperweights by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modernist chrome-plated jacks bookends by Bill Curry. Each piece consists of solid steel jacks forms coated in a thick coating of chrome. The ends are polished ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Chrome, Cut Steel

Bill Curry Design Line Jacks Bookends Polished Chrome, USA, 1970s
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in New York, NY
Bill Curry Design Line jacks polished chrome bookends, USA, 1960s. Heavy and large with two surfaces: A textured centers and polished chrome balls. A Design Line Catalog from 1970-19...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Steel

Pair of Jack Jax Bookends by Bill Curry for Design Line
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice vintage pair of bookends door stoppers, by Bill Curry for Design Line, circa 1950s in nice patinated yellow color, some wear and chips on the painting that gives character.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Los Angeles, CA
great pair of black oversized cast iron jax by Bill Curry
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Vintage 1950s American Bookends

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Iron

  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
H 4.5 in. W 5.5 in. D 4.5 in.
Large Vintage Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry Sun Orange Painted
By Bill Curry
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. Use it as a door stop, paper weight, book end or decorative accent. Nice well worn iron orang...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Trio of Solid Iron Jacks, Door Stoppers or Book Ends by Bill Curry Atomic Design
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Cool set of 3 Jacks , in solid iron and different finishes copper chrome and patinated metal , circa 1950s Atomic Industrial age great for book ends or door stoppers.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

Jack Bookends / Sculptures
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of heavy satin black iron bookends or sculptures made in extra over sized large , great for coffee table or bookshelf.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

  • Jack Bookends / Sculptures
  • Jack Bookends / Sculptures
  • Jack Bookends / Sculptures
  • Jack Bookends / Sculptures
H 5 in. W 7.50 in. D 7.50 in.
Brass Jack Bookends By Bill Curry For Design Line
Located in Highland, IN
The oversize jacks Bill Curry designed for his company Design Line in the 60s were not just a handsome and playful accessory, they also relate to the work of pop artists of the perio...
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Vintage 1960s American Bookends

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Brass

Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
pair of dark chocolate brown enameled iron jacks by Bill Curry
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Vintage 1950s American Bookends

  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
  • Cast Iron Jacks by Bill Curry
H 6.25 in. Dm 7.25 in.
Pair of Atomic Jacks Bookends, Doorstop or Paperweight Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage pair of 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-jax. The pair are functional as bookends, door stops, paper weights or decorative accents. Nice well worn metallic pat...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Iron

1950s Atomic Era Mid-Century Modern Pair of Iron Jack-Jax Bookends in Orange
By Bill Curry, Design Line
Located in San Diego, CA
Great color on these pair of solid iron jacks, circa 1950s with enameled orange finish nicely worn.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

1950s Atomic Era Mid-Century Modern Single Iron Jack-Jax Bookend Doorstopper
By Bill Curry & Design Line, Design Line
Located in San Diego, CA
Great color on this solid iron jack, that can be used as a bookend or door stopper, circa 1950s with enameled orange finish nicely worn.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Bill Curry Design Line Jack Bookend
By Bill Curry & Design Line, Bill Curry
Located in Sacramento, CA
Vintage metal jack bookend (or paperweight or doorstop) designed by Bill Curry for Design Line. Very nice metal patina.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

  • Bill Curry Design Line Jack Bookend
  • Bill Curry Design Line Jack Bookend
  • Bill Curry Design Line Jack Bookend
  • Bill Curry Design Line Jack Bookend
H 5.5 in. W 7 in. L 5.5 in.
Set of 5 Design Line Jacks by Bill Curry 1968 Bookends
By Bill Curry & Design Line, Design Line
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This very fun Pop Art Sculpture Jack Set was designed by Bill Curry in 1968 as a bookend set for his Design Line Company. Set of 5, 6 inch, 3 lb cast iron multicolored Jacks. Red,...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

PAIR OF ORIGINAL BILL CURRY JACKS
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of original Bill Curry cast steel jacks for Design Line created in 1963.Great as a sculpture or as bookends.Nice patina.
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Vintage 1960s American Bookends

  • PAIR OF ORIGINAL BILL CURRY JACKS
  • PAIR OF ORIGINAL BILL CURRY JACKS
  • PAIR OF ORIGINAL BILL CURRY JACKS
  • PAIR OF ORIGINAL BILL CURRY JACKS
H 4.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Mid Century Chrome Jack Bookends by Bill Curry
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century chrome jacks bookends.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects

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Chrome

Bill Curry Jacks Bookends
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in New York, NY
Mid century bookends in solid metal with a polished chrome finish.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

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Metal

  • Bill Curry Jacks Bookends
  • Bill Curry Jacks Bookends
  • Bill Curry Jacks Bookends
  • Bill Curry Jacks Bookends
H 5.5 in. W 5.5 in. D 5.5 in.
Pair Chrome Jack Bookends by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of chrome jacks bookends by Bill Curry. Textured arms with polished tips.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Chrome

  • Pair Chrome Jack Bookends by Bill Curry
  • Pair Chrome Jack Bookends by Bill Curry
  • Pair Chrome Jack Bookends by Bill Curry
  • Pair Chrome Jack Bookends by Bill Curry
H 4.5 in. W 5.75 in. D 5 in.
Midcentury Sculptural Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid metal sculptural chrome jacks bookends or door stops by Bill Curry for Design Line.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

Bill Curry Cast Iron Jacks or Bookends
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Houston, TX
Jacks/bookends designed by Bill Curry for design line. USA, circa 1960s. Cast iron measures: 6 x 6 inches, 15.24 x 15.24 cm.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Pair of Atomic Jacks Bookends, Doorstop or Paperweight Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage pair of 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-jax. The pair are functional as bookends, door stops, paper weights or decorative accents. Nice well worn metallic pat...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Aluminum

Pair of Atomic Jacks Bookends, Doorstop or Paperweight Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage pair of 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-Jax. The pair are functional as bookends, door stops, paperweights, or decorative accents. Nice well worn metallic pat...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Vintage Pair of Atomic Jacks Bookends, Doorstop or Paperweight Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage pair of 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-jax. The pair are functional as bookends, door stops, paper weights or decorative accents. Nice well worn metallic pat...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Petite Pair of Atomic Jacks Bookends, Doorstop or Paperweight Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage pair of 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-jax. The pair are functional as bookends, door stops, paper weights or decorative accents. Nice well worn metallic pat...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Jax Jack Bookends by Bill Curry in Yellow
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Maastricht, NL
These book ends are made of yellow lacquered cast iron and are in original condition!!
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

  • Jax Jack Bookends by Bill Curry in Yellow
  • Jax Jack Bookends by Bill Curry in Yellow
  • Jax Jack Bookends by Bill Curry in Yellow
  • Jax Jack Bookends by Bill Curry in Yellow
H 7.88 in. W 6.3 in. D 7.88 in.
Jacks Bookends, Bill Curry, Design Line, Brass and Polished Chrome
By Bill Curry, Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in New York, NY
Jacks bookends, Bill Curry, design line, brass and polished chrome. Pair of giant jacks in brass and chrome. Heavy and large with two surfaces: textured centers and polished chrome a...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Steel

Set of Three Vintage Atomic Jacks/Jax Bookends/Doorstop Attributed to Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Set of three 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-jax. The pieces can be used as bookends, a doorstop or decorative accent. Light blue, orange and red with a nice well wor...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Vintage Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. Made in El Segundo, California. 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-jax. Use it as ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Mid Century Pair of Black Bill Curry Design Line Jacks Bookends
By Bill Curry, Design Line
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern decorative jack bookends by Bill Curry for Design Line. Each piece is made of heavy cast iron in black enamel finish. Price is for the pair.   
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron, Metal

Pair of Jack Jax Bookends by Bill Curry for Design Line
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice vintage pair of bookends door stoppers, by Bill Curry for design line, circa 1950s in nice patinated black and rust orange color, some wear and chips on the painting that gives ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Vintage Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry Grey Color
By Bill Curry
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of design line, 1967. Use it as a door stop, paper weight, book end or decorative accent. Nice well worn iron gre...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Vintage Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry Sun Orange Painted
By Bill Curry
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. Use it as a door stop, paper weight, book end or decorative accent. Nice well worn iron ora...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Vintage Handmade Bill Curry Black Iron Jack
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large black vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. This jack is made of cast iron and is in original condition. Great addition to any de...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass Jacks Bookends in the Style of Bill Curry
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in St. Louis, MO
Vintage set of Bill Curry style brass plated iron jacks bookends or decorative objects. Often attributed to George Nelson, these are all original. Light wear to plating, otherwise ve...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Vintage Handmade Black Iron Jack by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry, Design Line
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. Made in El Segundo, California. 1950s atomic era, Mid-Century Modern iron jacks-jax. Use it as ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Large Vintage Handmade Black Iron Jack by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large black vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. This bookend is made of cast iron and is in original condition. Great addition to any...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Pair of Bill Curry Design Brass and Black Jacks
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in St. Louis, MO
Bill Curry designed iron jacks bookends or decorative objects. Often attributed to George Nelson, these are all original, black with brass ends.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Midcentury Sculptural Jacks Bookends
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid metal sculptural jacks bookends. Great patina! 1950s
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

  • Midcentury Sculptural Jacks Bookends
  • Midcentury Sculptural Jacks Bookends
  • Midcentury Sculptural Jacks Bookends
  • Midcentury Sculptural Jacks Bookends
H 4.25 in. W 7 in. D 7 in.
Pair of Black Iron Pop Art 1960s Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry for Design Line
By Bill Curry & Design Line, (after) Andy Warhol, Bill Curry
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Nice vintage set of jacks bookends by Bill Curry for Design Line, circa 1960s. Some marks/paint loss - wear - see pictures. Sold as a set. Measures: 5.5" wide x 4" deep x 4.25" tall.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Iron

Pair of Jack Bookends
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Washington, DC
"Giant Jack" Bookends designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. El Segundo, California.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Chrome, Iron

  • Pair of Jack Bookends
  • Pair of Jack Bookends
  • Pair of Jack Bookends
  • Pair of Jack Bookends
H 6.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Set of Three Large Wood & Brass Atomic Jacks / Jax
By Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice set of three large wood & brass capped atomic jacks / jax in the style of Bill Curry, circa 1980s. The pieces can be used as bookends, a doorstop or decorative accent. The jacks...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Jacks Bookends Mid-Century Modern Pop Art Style George Nelson, 1960s
By George Nelson, Bill Curry
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Pop Art fun pair of Jax / Jacks vintage bookends Mid-Century Modern decor attributed to George Nelson / Bill Curry design Line California, 1960s. One painted in...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

Modern Pop Art Jack Bookends Style George Nelson Design Line 1960s Calif
By Bill Curry & Design Line, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
Pair of Jack bookends patinated vintage Mid-Century Modern Pop Art Style of George Nelson 1960s, Bill Curry Design Line California Vintage preowned worn presentation item. Selling ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Metal

Mid-Century Bill Curry Design Line Pair of Jacks Bookends
By Bill Curry, Design Line
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern jacks by Bill Curry for Design Line. This pair is made of chrome and can be displayed as bookends. Price is for the set.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Chrome

Pair of Vintage Jacks Bookends in Steel
By Bill Curry & Design Line, Design Line, Bill Curry
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Pair of Jax or Jacks bookends in steel. Attributed to Bill Curry. 1960s-1970s. Can also be used as doorstops, paperweights or just as decorative objects.
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Vintage 1970s American Paperweights

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Steel

  • Pair of Vintage Jacks Bookends in Steel
  • Pair of Vintage Jacks Bookends in Steel
  • Pair of Vintage Jacks Bookends in Steel
  • Pair of Vintage Jacks Bookends in Steel
H 4.73 in. W 7.88 in. D 7.88 in.
Classic Jacks Bookends or Paperweights in a Custom Rose Gold Copper Finish
By Ben Seibel, Bill Curry
Located in New York, NY
Classic vintage midcentury Jacks bookends or paperweights in a custom rose gold copper finish. Heavy iron with recent polished copper plating.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

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Brass, Copper, Steel

Classic Jacks Bookends or Paperweights in a Custom Rose Gold Copper Finish
By Ben Seibel, Bill Curry
Located in New York, NY
Classic Jacks Bookends or Paperweights in a custom Rose Gold Copper Finish.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

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Brass, Copper, Steel

Mid-Century Brass Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century brass jacks bookends by Bill Curry.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Brass

Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Chicago, IL
Original 1960s chrome jacks bookends by Bill Curry.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

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Chrome

  • Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
  • Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
  • Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
  • Chrome Jacks Bookends by Bill Curry
H 6.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
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Bill Curry Jacks Bookends For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of bill curry jacks bookends available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique bill curry jacks bookends was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, iron and steel. There are all kinds of bill curry jacks bookends available, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. Bill curry jacks bookends are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern style is often sought at 1stDibs. Bill curry jacks bookends have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Bill Curry & Design Line, Bill Curry and Design Line are consistently popular.

How Much are Bill Curry Jacks Bookends?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $450, while they’re typically $175 on the low end and $1,200 highest priced.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Bookends for You

A good pair of antique, new or vintage bookends will look wonderful in your reading nook. And the need for these trusty home accents has stood the test of time, which means there are many different kinds to suit any design taste or furniture style.

Bookends weren’t created until the 1870s. Serving faithfully in the background, they went unobserved for a while. The authors of the Oxford English Dictionary report that the term “book end” didn’t appear in printed material until 1907. The primary function of bookends is to ensure that your books remain upright in your bookcase, but style and form have taken the lead over the years. Furniture makers have ensured that bookends demand as much attention as the books themselves. Indeed, while competing with carefully curated first editions or rows of colorful spines is no small task, plenty of bookends steal the stage.

If you’re looking to add a dose of intrigue or decorative flourish to your reading room that will be difficult to ignore, stone bookends and metal bookends can take on the appearance of small, provocative sculptures rather than functional accessories to keep your books orderly on your shelves. Depending on what kind of textures you’re thinking of introducing to your home office or study, a pair of brass bookends or a bronze set will pop against your dusty hardcovers and any decorative objects you’ve accumulated while working to style your bookcase. A pair of mid-century modern bookends carved from dark, exotic woods such as teak can also introduce warmth to a home office or study. While teak was a favorite of designers who worked with furniture in the mid-20th century, all manner of wood bookends have emerged over the years, with some woodworkers carving ornate patterns or figures into their pieces.

Bookworms, take note: You can find an extraordinary range of antique, new and vintage bookends for your dazzling book displays and bookshelves today on 1stDibs.