This lot features a set of cast iron Charlie Russell bookends from Great Falls, Montana. The bookends have fronts painted gold with a cast portrait of C.M. Russell. The backs of the items read "Great Falls Iron Works". The Great Falls Iron Works were started in 1890 by L. S. Woodbury. Paris Gibson, founder of Great Falls, was vice president of the firm. At its start, the iron works included a combination foundry, blacksmith shop, and machine shop. The operation was designed to to support the mining industry in the Belt, Nei-hart and Hughesville areas southeast of Great Falls. Among its first jobs was the casting of lamp posts and original sewer pipes for Great Falls and other Montana cities. Demand for heavy, cast iron products eventually diminished in favor of lighter materials and in 1959 the foundry portion of the plant was closed. The items measure 6.75"H x 4.5"W x 2"D.