The close resemblance to the shape of a pinecone may help to explain the origin of the word pineapple. Long associated with warm tropical climates, the pineapple became a staple in many illustrations and various works of art. The unique and unusual shape of the pineapple is unmistakable. We seldom see bananas, oranges or other fruits as subjects of decorative bookends, but the humble pineapple bookend graces bookshelves around the world.
The origin of the pineapple is shrouded in some degree of mystery. When most of us think of pineapple, we may imagine the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Some historians believe that the cultivation of pineapple actually began in South America. The pineapple is one of the best known and popular of tropical fruits. Trade ships were thought to be the primary method of conveyance, taking pineapple to other parts of the world. The rich, volcanic soil and tropical growing that exist in Hawaii would found to be perfect for pineapple cultivation.
Pineapple bookends can be found in many different materials, but brass or bronze seems to be the favorites. Often used to enhance a tropical interior decorating motif, tropical pineapple bookends can add of the touch tropical warmth and style to any book collection.