Appears to have been crafted in the late 1940s (after WWII). These lovely bookends are in very good condition.
What a wonderful bit of history for you to enjoy! They measure 11" H x 5.25" W. The base folds out to provide stability under books. Interesting information about the Iron Duke. She was built by Portsmouth Dockyard, and her keel laid in January 1912.Launched ten months later, she was commissioned into the Home Fleet in March 1914 as the fleet flagship. She was armed with a main battery of ten 13.5-inch (340 mm) guns and was capable of a top speed of 21.25 knots (39.36 km/h; 24.45 mph). Iron Duke served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. There, she inflicted significant damage on the German battleship SMS König early in the main fleet action. In January 1917, she was relieved as fleet flagship. After the war, Iron Duke operated in the Mediterranean as the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. She participated in both the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in the Black Sea and the Greco-Turkish War. She also assisted in the evacuation of refugees from Smyrna. Iron Duke remained on active duty for only a few more years; in 1930, the London Naval Treaty specified that the four Iron Duke-class battleships be scrapped or otherwise demilitarised.
In October, she was badly damaged by German bombers and was run aground to avoid sinking. She continued to serve as an anti-aircraft platform for the duration of the war, and was eventually refloated and broken up for scrap in the late 1940s. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\Great Britain\Other British WWI Orig. The seller is "thirdstonevintageshop" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.