Twice a year, the antique mall about 10 minutes down the road has a big store wide sale, and whenever they do, guess who’s there? Yes! The owners ARE there, holding me back until the door opens. When they let me in this time, I went straight for the showcases, where I discovered a pair of old, rusty cast iron Shakespeare bookends on a bottom shelf, in a corner, where they were feeling (I am quite sure) neglected and unloved. Thank goodness, I came along to boost their self esteem by demanding that someone open the showcase and hand them to me, like this: Me! Now! Bookends! (Thankfully, they know me down there, so they scarcely even mind this behavior anymore.)
When I got them home, I took many loving photos, but sadly, I was so busy loving them that I failed to notice that the memory card was in my computer, instead of my camera. Whoops. In their original, unaltered state, they looked a little like this:
Of course, the bookends in that picture are authentic Bradley & Hubbard (B&H) bookends. The bookends I rescued were not. In fact, I’m pretty sure mine were the knock off version of those (mine don’t have the SHAKESPEARE stamp). What’s more, mine were rusty, as you can see from this picture of the bases before I painted them. (Hey, I remembered the SD card this time!)
After I rubbed them down with steel wool and base coated them with Rustoelum, they looked more like this:
I worked on these guys on and off for three days, in the midst of which, I decided that they needed a little panache. Who was that masked bard? You tell me!
These are available in my shop, where you can also see which quotations I used. Did I get yours? What are your favorite lines from Shakespeare?