I bought a pair of brass colored spelter metal bookends at an auction on Saturday ($1). I am going to turn them upside down and attach them to a hall tree door project. They will be fancy shelf brackets. I'll decide whether to paint them when I get further into the project. This is an easy way to fancy up a project. It is much cheaper than buying a standard shelf bracket and it will add a ton of style.
The bookends are in a stylized ostrich plume design that is one of the symbols of the Prince of Wales. I guess after they are mounted the ostrich will be putting its head in the ground.