The willingness of buyers to continue to throw down 1, 2, or even 3+ hundred dollars for a set of Jack bookends is simply beyond my comprehension. They're an undeniably cool piece of retro decor, but are they really worth that serious amount of scratch?
Perhaps the widespread misattribution to George Nelson throws people, but even a cursory Google search now turns up a number of pages debunking this link atop the list of results. As discussed in an earlier post, the actual maker was Bill Curry and his company, Design Line, Incorporated.
However, most of the jacks available aren't even original Design Line. They're from the myriad of other firms that churned out knockoffs, and it is, as far as I've seen, nearly impossible to tell the difference.
Many collectors value the connection to a famous designer, but lacking that, aren't these bookends really just a hunk of jack-shaped iron? Is there something I'm missing here? Do these people just have money to burn?
I certainly don't, so I'm lucky that I snagged a set of three (one not pictured) for about 1/10 of what they're charging elsewhere.
They may not be vintage, but this is one of the few cases where I would say that age is inconsequential. These were cheap enough that I may even grab another set and spray in an array of different colors, just like the originals.
Now I need an entrepreneurial reader to start producing the doorstop-sized version so that I can kit the whole place out. Get to it!