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The Dimensions of Bookmarks

February 14, 2012

Bookmarks made of paper, card stock, very thin plastic, ribbon and leather are considered two dimensional objects.   Somewhere along the way anything that was not paper, card stock,  ribbon and leather was categorizes as three dimensional.

Generally the three dimensional types include metal, wood, plastic  (perhaps not the very thin), bone, ivory and mineral. Hardness, weight and thickness seem to be the  important  factors that are considered to define the three dimensions. It is not just thickness that counts as there are stainless steel and other metal bookmarks that are thinner than some card stock examples.

 Here is how I sort my  three dimensional bookmarks bookmarks.

 The simple blade as a bookmark is a flat, thin piece of material that may have a decorative attachment.

Wooden bookmarks-simple blades.

These are woodcraft examples made in the craftsman’s shop. The decorations are simple cutout images. #1 and #3 are made of spruce found in Maine and #2 is made of cherry wood bought in Florida.

Here are more complex forms made with inlays and etching.

These examples demonstrate a higher level of craftsmanship and artistry.

Next we have some commercial examples.

No mark other than the Hawaii on the first bookmark, the second was produced by The Eagle Pencil Co. and the third was marked “By Sacchi”.

Metal Bookmarks Simple Blade

Now for some examples of simple blades made of various metal.

The first blade is stainless steel with a quote from T.S. Elliot. The second example is brass with an enamel letter A. The third is aluminum with a brass over lay on the edges and the butterfly image. The fourth example is brass etched with “Saddleworth” and some decoration.

The next group are mostly from museum stores and some have decorative and meaningful attachments.

The first is from a Cezanne painting in the Philadelphia museum, the second from a San Francisco museum. The middle piece is from The Breast Cancer Awareness Program. The forth item is from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The fifth is reminding us of one of Van Gogh’s  Starry Night paintings. Note the decorative objects.

This grouping is characterized by being rather short and wide as well as all having varying amounts of filigree.

The first is purely decorative and imitates stained glass. The second is brass and is a memento of Tohoku University in Sendai Japan. The third piece is a beautiful brass bookmark heavily filigreed and painted with enamel.

This last group is a mixed bag of old and new.

The brass sword is very old and has a Knight on a horse on the blade near the hilt. There is script on the blade but I am unable to read it. The second bookmark is made of a mineral probably jadeite. It has been powdered with talcum to show the carvings on the blade. Note the monkey with his paws over his ears. If you can read the symbols please send me an email at third item in brass is from the art Deco period. The last bookmark is very new from Korea and is a finely filigreed feather.

There are many more of the simple blade both old and new but this should be enough to demonstrate the variety available if one is interested in adding to their collection.

The next time the modified blade will be the subject. They are modified to help hold the blades in place within the book.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mara permalink
    February 14, 2012 10:43 pm

    Keep the buzz going! Love the old sword with the knight!

    • February 15, 2012 10:26 pm

      Thanks! I like the little fellow too! I will someday figure out what ia written on the blade.

  2. February 14, 2012 10:59 pm

    Beautiful material, as always — I esp liked the ‘dragonfly’ bookmarks!
    Thank you.

  3. February 20, 2012 8:46 pm

    I was wondering the age of the wood bookmark with Hawaii on it. I imagine that it could be anywhere from the 1940s to 2012.

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