|Train Bookends: Main display view|
I do have the personal history as was told to me. I was given these by my grandmother in the mid-1980s when she was having an estate sale so she could move out of her grand home in Morgantown , West Virginia and into my aunt's home, which was in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She gave a few items to her daughters and her grandchildren rather than sell them. These would have been items that had some special value to each of us.
|The normally unseen opposite side of the locomotive.|
|View from the top (note hole in smokestack)|
The story concerning the train bookends was that they were supposedly a gift I had given to my grandfather when I was a child. I had chosen this gift because he had once worked on the railroad and also in the coal mines. The trains had the appearance that they were made out of coal. This is what I was told when the bookends were given to me by my mother.
This would probably have been in the 1950s and since I would have been quite young, my mother would have actually purchased these and attributed the gift as coming from me. Since the markings on the ends indicate that they were made in Japan, it seems like that these would have been made in the 1950s. I don't remember giving these to my grandfather, but that's not surprising under the circumstances. My mother no longer remembers where these came from either, but she says she recalls having seen them displayed in my grandparents' house.
|View of the front ends of the locomotives.|
|Inside portion that would rest against the books. |
Note "Japan" in gold at the bottom.
|Enlargement of the "Japan" signature |